Tennis legend John McEnroe reckons Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are likely to compete in the US Open and French Open as they continue to chase history.
After the tennis season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is set to resume once again in August with tournaments in America as they build-up to the US Open.
Earlier this month, the USTA unveiled their plans for the event at Flushing Meadows which will see no fans in attendance and strict health and safety guidelines.
After initial reservations, Djokovic appeared set to confirm his participation at the US Open but last week he revealed he’d tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Nadal has insisted tennis should only resume when it is completely safe to do so.
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The revised calendar will see players compete in a hectic schedule and the US Open and French Open taking place within six weeks.
Nadal is the defending champion at both of those Grand Slams but may favour his chances of success more at Roland Garros as he aims to go level with Roger Federer for major titles.
While Djokovic will be seeking to add to the Australian Open he won in January.
Speaking on the BBC, when asked whether the top players will play both events, McEnroe said: “I believe and this is just my feeling, the top players are going to play both.
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“They have been sitting there and I’m assuming most of the top players and some of the younger ones are chomping at the bit to get back out on the court, to compete and see what they have got.
“You are talking about two of the three majors that remain, that is a huge deal for the players. It has been done before and it won’t affect more than a couple of players.
“Obviously we presume and hope Novak will be fine and able to compete if he chooses to do so at the US Open.
“Rafa is the one you would think that might be a bit tricky for him to go from hard to clay.
That’s not something he likes to do or has done very often.
“It will be interesting to see if some European players decide not to come over to the US because of some concerns over renewed outbreaks and it seems as though New York is doing much better.
“But who knows what is going to happen in the next months.
“I think it can be done and it sounds as though they have set it up in a way that is extremely safe for the players and the few people that will be allowed in.
“I would be surprised if the top players certainly, they have the right not to play, but I would be surprised if they don’t play.”
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