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Djokovic and Nadal bound for US Open following warm-up inclusion

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

17:23 29 Jul 2020

It seems highly likely that both Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will play this year's US Open after all. 

Both have been included in the field for the Western & Southern Open, the ATP's first tournament back since COVID-19 hit.

Djokovic and Nadal had both been previously reluctant to commit to playing at this year's US Open due to coronavirus fears.

Last year's winner at Flushing Meadows Nadal was initially sceptical about this year's US Open taking place.

He's since cast more doubt on his participation in this year's New York grand slam by committing to the Madrid Open, which gets underway the day after the US Open.

Djokovic has been a lightning rod for controversy during tennis' hiatus, contracting coronavirus at his own Adria Tour events in June.

The Serb told Sportski Zurnal earlier this month, "I still haven’t decided whether I will play in the US Open, the upsurge in registered COVID-19 cases in the United States and New York in particular are not playing into the event’s hands."

The Western & Southern has moved from its traditional Cincinnati venue to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York.

It will effectively serve as a trial run for the US Open which will take place behind closed doors from August 31 to September 13.

Serena Williams had already confirmed her participation at the US Open, and she's also in the women's field for the Western & Southern Open.

She's one of five of the WTA's top ten who'll be competing, along with Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, Kiki Bertens, and Belinda Bencic.

Coco Gauff and Garbine Muguruza are among the others in a strong field.

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