Aussie John Millman arrives in COVID-hit NYC for US Open

 

Australian player John Millman has praised tennis authorities in the US for ensuring players' safety after arriving in New York to play in the US Tennis Open.

Many big names pulled out of the Open over COVID-19 concerns in the US. More people have died from the virus in New York than any other State, although infection rates have dropped dramatically.

Australia's top female player Ash Barty decided not to make the trip, as did men's players Nick Kyrgios and Alex Popyrin.

Australian tennis player Ash Barty decided not to contest the US Open. Picture: Stewart McLean
Australian tennis player Ash Barty decided not to contest the US Open. Picture: Stewart McLean

Departing from his Brisbane home for New York, Millman admitted he was "not thrilled at the idea of travelling".

Rafael Nadal of Spain won’t be in New York. Picture: Getty
Rafael Nadal of Spain won’t be in New York. Picture: Getty

"My safety and my health is potentially being compromised. But I am 31 years old and I also need to make a living right now," he told The Australian.

"Like a lot of other Australians right now, I need to get out and work and, despite being in a compromised position, this my work and that is what it involves and that is probably what I weighed up when I decided to play.

"I have seen others pull out and I can understand their decisions, but everyone has to weigh up the pros and cons and there are definitely pros and cons to both sides."

But arriving in New York, Millman tweeted that he was impressed by how hard the USTA had worked to ensure the safety of players.

"I'm pumped to be back here playing. Top effort from the entire USTA team."

Millman tweeted during a stopover on his way to New York that international travel had changed dramatically in the COVID era.

 

 

 

 

The US Open will be played behind closed doors and players will be tested regularly.

Kyrgios said he was upset to be missing the tournament.

"It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport's greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium," Kyrgios said.

"But I am sitting out for my people, for the Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you. It is my decision, like it or not, and those are my reasons."

Originally published as Aussie John Millman arrives in COVID-hit NYC for US Open

Millman during his epic win over Roger Federer in New York in 2018. Picture: Getty
Millman during his epic win over Roger Federer in New York in 2018. Picture: Getty


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