Tennis: US Open To Go Ahead Without Fans

US Open Trophy (image via WTA)

The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September 2020, after plans were approved by the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

The Grand Slam will be held at Flushing Meadows, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York.

There have been no professional tennis events since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport,” US Tennis Association chief Mike Dowse said.

Cuomo stated that “extraordinary precautions” would be in place to protect players, including coronavirus testing and extra locker room space.

“We recognise the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times,” a USTA statement read.

“We will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks.”

Further details about the tournament will be announced on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal previously said he “had little desire” to play the event, while world number one Novak Djokovic has called the proposed protocols “extreme”.

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source: BBC

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