New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday gave the inexperienced mild for the US Open to be held from Aug. 31-September 13 with out followers as a part of the state’s reopening from shutdowns associated to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cuomo stated on Twitter the US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) will take “extraordinary precautions” to guard gamers at its marquee occasion together with strong testing, further cleansing, additional locker room house and devoted lodging.
No skilled tennis tournaments have been held since March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the game’s calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will lengthen till August. The Australian Open is the one Grand Slam occasion to have been performed thus far this 12 months. The French Open has been moved to September and is because of begin one week after the scheduled US Open males’s last, whereas Wimbledon has been cancelled.
“We recognise the large duty of internet hosting one of many first international sporting occasions in these difficult instances, and we are going to accomplish that within the most secure method potential, mitigating all potential dangers,” USTA Chief Govt Mike Dowse stated in an announcement.
The USTA will give extra particulars on the preparations for the event on Wednesday together with the official announcement.
Whereas a variety of prime gamers had expressed considerations about attending the Grand Slam as a result of novel coronavirus, the USTA had stated it hoped to go forward with the occasion as long as it received approval from the state.
World quantity ones Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Australian Ash Barty together with reigning US Open males’s champion Rafa Nadal are among the many prime gamers who’ve expressed considerations about attending the New York event.
Australian Nick Kyrgios on Monday blasted the USTA for being “egocentric” by urgent forward with the US Open on its unique dates from August 31 to September 13.
Spaniard Nadal stated earlier this month he wouldn’t journey to the US Open in current circumstances, whereas Djokovic stated taking part in the occasion this 12 months could be inconceivable given “excessive” protocols that may be in place.
The US Open is held yearly in New York Metropolis, which has been hit arduous by the pandemic. The USTA’s Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart was even was a brief hospital to assist in the battle in opposition to the virus.
Final 12 months’s US Open drew an all-time attendance file of practically 740,000 followers and the occasion is the engine that drives the governing USTA.
The choice by Cuomo comes one week after the USTA stated it’ll get rid of 110 jobs and shut its White Plains, New York workplace to assist fight the destructive far-reaching monetary results of the pandemic.