Aussie journeyman John Millman has buried his fears of COVID-19, making the trip to New York to compete in the closed-door, quarantined US Open.

The No.43 said that while he is concerned about the runaway virus situation in the US – over 5 million cases and 168,000 deaths – economic circumstances require that he once again start earning a living on court.

The 31-year-old has earned a respectable USD 3.3 million in career prize money; but that goes fast in the globe-trotting world of ATP tennis.

Millman posted a selfie wearing both a mask and a clear visor prior to boarding his Qatar airways flight.

“I have seen others pull out (of the US Open), 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,” Millman told The Weekend Australian. 

“I’m not thrilled at the idea of travelling. 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.

“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.”

Millman made a minor splash in 2018, when he beat Roger Federer in the Open fourth round before losing in the quarters to Novak Djokovic.

Millman is one of the few Aussies making the trip to New York; WTA No. 1 Ash Barty will not play, along with fellow absentees Nick Kyrgios and Alexei Popyrin.


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