March 4, 2021

Halep ‘extremely unlikely’ to play restricted US Open – tennis



World quantity two Simona Halep is “extremely unlikely” to play within the U.S. Open with organisers set to place strict well being protocols in place for the Grand Slam because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokeswoman for the Romanian informed Reuters.

The US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) acquired the inexperienced mild to carry their marquee match in New York as scheduled from Aug. 31-Sept. 13 with out followers.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the USTA would take “extraordinary precautions” to guard gamers, together with sturdy testing, extra cleansing, further locker room area and devoted lodging.

“Everybody continues to be ready on an official announcement of particulars from the U.S. Open and excursions concerning the season,” the spokeswoman mentioned in a press release to Reuters.

“But when the circumstances are as set out on paper for U.S. Open, as Simo (Halep) has been constant in saying, it’s extremely unlikely she is going to play.”

Her coach Darren Cahill had informed Reuters final week the protocols had been “extremely tough” and would most likely not work for the two-times Grand Slam winner.

The USTA and males’s and girls’s excursions are anticipated to supply particulars in a while Wednesday.

“After all the circumstances of the U.S. Open can nonetheless change and it’s my understanding that the gamers can have effectively into July to determine whether or not to enter or not,” the spokeswoman mentioned, including that it was a “fluid state of affairs so nothing is ready in stone”.

Males’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his ladies’s counterpart Ash Barty have additionally raised considerations about taking part in within the match underneath well being protocols whereas Nick Kyrgios mentioned the USTA was being “egocentric” by opting to go forward with it.

American world No.21 John Isner tweeted his assist for the choice to go forward with the match.

“Properly completed @usta for being so ahead pondering in getting this completed. Gamers and followers alike are thrilled with this growth. Time to get again on the courts!”