US Open 2020 : Novak Djokovic opts for home over hotel; Mladenovic lost to Gracheva

Earned more than USD 140 million in prize money over his accomplished career, plus plenty of other millions in endorsement deals, there wasn’t much of a question for Novak Djokovic when offered the possibility to rent a private home during the US Open.

The cost? USD 40,000. The convenience? Priceless.

“As soon as there was a chance for us to choose to be in a house, we took it right away — without thinking. I’m glad we did” the top-ranked Djokovic said after improving to 25-0 this season and reaching the US Open’s third round with a 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund on Wednesday.

“Any player had that opportunity. It’s not the privilege of the top guys or girls. Anyone that wanted to spend money and stay in the house, he or she could have done that,” Djokovic said

“I know there’s very few players that have chosen to stay in a house, but it is a personal choice” further added.

This year amid the Coronavirus pandemic, many players have opted for the official tournament hotel options. The US Tennis Association paid for one room for each player, who then would need to pony up if they wanted a second for members of their entourage.

Like Djokovic among 8 others, Serena Williams and Milos Raonic have too opted for one of the Long Island homes the USTA made available instead.

On Asking Djokovic why he went that route he said, “Well, I think it’s obvious. Being in a hotel, you’re unable to open the window in the room. You constantly have to be with a mask indoors, outdoors, everywhere. You can’t really go out, spend time in the garden, maybe, outdoors. I saw the hotel. The hotel is not in a best position in terms of having nature around. It’s very close to the highway”.


Depends totally on the view point.

No 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory while leading 6-1 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva in the second round of the US Open — and not only couldn’t close the deal there or when she held four match points soon thereafter, but also somehow, some way, she lost the match.

Eventually, Gracheva — a Russian who is ranked 102nd and is a month past her 20th birthday — came all the way back to win 1-6 7-6 (2) 6-0.

“Definitely, the most painful match and loss I’ve had in my career” Mladenovic said.

Her match points came while ahead 5-2 in the second set as Gracheva served. Three came at love-40, and another came at Ad-Out.

“She was brave and she went for it,” Mladenovic said about her opponent, who is participating in her first Grand Slam tournament.
“From 5-2, slowly I started feeling like I was crashing down,” Mladenovic said.