The US Open is the only Grand Slam that has been played continuously every year since its establishment and the novel coronavirus pandemic will not break that tradition, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State have given a green light to the hosting of the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, stated:
We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis’ top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport. Being able to hold these events in 2020 is a boost for the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape.
The US Open will be held in Queens, NY, without fans from August 31st to September 13th. The Western & Southern Open will take place from August 22nd to August 28th.
As Cuomo wrote in a tweet: “The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing and transportation.”
The staging of the 2020 US Open will definitely be awkward and many players have voiced their discomfort about playing under laboratory-like conditions and without spectators. Moreover, the word is out that world No.2 Simona Halep of Romania doesn’t want to travel to the USA and Asia to play tournaments and will stick only to events organized in Europe.
There is also a great discontent about the 2020 US Open not having qualifying and mixed doubles draws, while the doubles draw is smaller. A lot of players agree with Gabriela Dabrowski‘s viewpoint:
— Gaby Dabrowski (@GabyDabrowski) June 16, 2020
More details and an official announcement will be released later today by USTA.