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Djokovic says he'll play at US Open

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(AP) -- The Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York.

Djokovic initially complained about the U.S. Tennis Association's plans to try to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic with such measures as limiting the size of players' entourages, going so far as to say he didn't know whether he would participate.

"It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides," said the No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, "but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited."

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2020 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 10,220
2 R. Nadal 9,850
3 D. Thiem 7,045
4 R. Federer 6,630
5 D. Medvedev 5,890
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,745
7 A. Zverev 3,630
8 M. Berrettini 2,860
9 G. Monfils 2,860
10 D. Goffin 2,555
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2020 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 8,717
2 S. Halep 6,076
3 K. Pliskova 5,205
4 S. Kenin 4,590
5 E. Svitolina 4,580
6 B. Andreescu 4,555
7 K. Bertens 4,335
8 B. Bencic 4,010
9 S. Williams 3,915
10 N. Osaka 3,625
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