| By Steven Kaplan
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The tennis world is considering playing major events behind closed doors.

The top-ranked man in the world, Novak Djokovic, has explained that it’s not an ideal situation for players.

In an interview with former French Open Champion, Gustavo Kuerten, Djokovic revealed:

"I honestly don't dream to play in front of empty stands".

He added that such restrictions are the likely reality, but without fans some of the "magic" is gone.

Poor guy.

I was always taught that when someone adds the word ''honestly" to clarify a statement, they might be a liar because it can be inferred that they are normally not honest unless they declare.

Of course, I could be wrong and, honestly Novak, we all care about what you dream about and we are all sorry for the inconvenience that a global pandemic has caused you. 



Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.