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US Open organisers on Tuesday mentioned the cancellation of subsequent month’s
event in Washington DC “under no circumstances impacts” the behind-closed-doors
Grand Slam scheduled for the tip of August.
The Citi Open event was as a result of mark the resumption of the lads’s
tennis season after the coronavirus lockdown however has been known as off
due to “continued uncertainties” amid the pandemic.
The occasion within the US capital was set to begin on 13 August, however the ATP Tour has pushed its return again to later within the month.
The Cincinnati Open and US Open are nonetheless scheduled to happen
back-to-back in New York from 20 August, regardless of a number of main figures
in males’s tennis casting doubts over the hardcourt Grand Slam.
“This choice under no circumstances impacts the US Open or the Western &
Southern Open,” the US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) mentioned in a
“The USTA will create a protected and managed surroundings for gamers
and everybody else concerned in each tournaments that mitigates well being
It added: “We continuously base our choices concerning internet hosting these
tournaments on our three guiding ideas that embrace security and
well being of all concerned, whether or not internet hosting these occasions are in the perfect
curiosity within the sport of tennis and whether or not this choice is financially
“We’re assured we stay in-line with all three guiding ideas.”
US authorities are struggling to deal with the coronavirus disaster as
infections surge in direction of 4 million, with greater than 140 000 deaths.
No spectators will likely be allowed at both event in New York, half
of the security measures in place to attempt to stop Covid-19 infections
at a facility which was used as a brief coronavirus hospital space
when the area was the epicentre of the pandemic.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic earlier this month mentioned he was undecided over whether or not to journey to compete within the US Open.
Final week world No three Dominic Thiem mentioned that the event was “on shaky legs.”
The ladies’s WTA tour is scheduled to restart on three August in Palermo,
Italy, making it the primary occasion on the not too long ago introduced new calendar.
It is going to be adopted by a event in Prague the identical week as a brand new
arduous court docket occasion in Kentucky that includes Serena Williams.
The primary likelihood for the lads to play an everyday event would be the
Cincinnati Open in late August. The occasion has been moved to New York.
The tennis season has been at a standstill since mid-March as a result of virus outbreak worldwide.
“It is disappointing that as a result of these unprecedented occasions, the Citi
Open will be unable to go forward this yr,” mentioned ATP chairperson Andrea
“Sadly for the second there are nonetheless giant elements at play
that are outdoors of our management. We stay up for the Citi Open
returning as considered one of our signature American occasions in 2021.”
Earlier this month, Wimbledon agreed to award £10 million in prize cash to the 620 gamers who would have taken half in
the event had it not been cancelled for the primary time since World