The United States Tennis Affiliation (USTA) says it’s “150 p.c” targeted on holding the US Open on time and at Flushing Meadows.
Tennis has been hit laborious by the coronavirus pandemic and has been at a complete standstill for the reason that begin of March.
Wimbledon has already been cancelled this 12 months, however the USTA says they don’t have any intention of permitting the coronavirus disaster to wipe the US Open off the 2020 tennis calendar as effectively.
“We proceed to be, I’d say, 150 p.c targeted on staging a secure setting for conducting a US Open on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Centre in New York on our dates,” USTA chief government Stacey Allaster instructed the Related Press.
“It is all I get up – our workforce wakes up – enthusiastic about. The concept of another venue, another date… we have got a accountability to discover it, nevertheless it doesn’t have a variety of momentum.”
The Indian Wells Tennis Backyard in California was lately touted as a possible different host venue.
The US Open attracted 850 000 spectators final 12 months, however Allaster says it’s “much less and fewer probably” spectators will probably be allowed inside Flushing Meadows if the event does go forward.
In the meantime, the gamers themselves may also be topic to strict monitoring.
“As soon as they arrive into our, to illustrate, ‘US Open world’,” Allaster added. “There will probably be a mix of day by day well being questionnaires, day by day temperature checks and a few nasal or saliva or antibody testing.”
– TEAMtalk media