The US Tennis Association (USTA) intends to hold the US Open in New York from August 31 to September 13, while developing alternative scenarios in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, said USTA communications Director Chris Widmaier.
In March, the Association of tennis professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) made a joint decision to suspend all tournaments until July 13 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Also, for the first time since 1945, the Wimbledon tournament “Roland Garros” was canceled and moved to the second half of September. Earlier, the media suggested that the USTA is considering moving the US Open to Indian wells or Orlando.
“The goal of the USTA is to hold the US Open 2020 in New York on schedule. We understand that there is a lot of speculation about whether the competition will take place. But we would like to clarify one thing: at the moment, the probability of changing the venue or date is not the greatest,” Widmaier was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.
“However, given the uncertainty and constant development of the pandemic, we are actively preparing for many surprises, including the opportunity to play with empty stands,” he added.
Widmaier noted that the final decision on holding the US Open would be made next month “from the middle to the end of June,” stressing that “priority will be given to the safety of all participants.”