The future of the US Open remains up in the air owing to the coronavirus pandemic, but that will not stop the tournament organisers from planning to put on a show at Flushing Meadows.
United States Tennis Association (USTA) chief executive Stacey Allaster says plans are in place for this year's US Open to go ahead at Flushing Meadows in NY.
United States of America 2020, if celebrated amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a senior official described it to The Associated Press at the Grand Slam tournament. "Our top goal is to conduct the US Open in NY in our scheduled dates". Without fans, and while taking many precautions.
As for dates, Allaster acknowledged that the final announcement could arrive between mid-end of June, so there is little time left to know the final destination of the US Open.
Some prominent players are unsure if there should be a return to competition this year. It's all that wakes me up, our team wakes up, thinking, "Allaster said". "It's a moment to be responsible and coherent, so I don't see how we can travel every week to a different country". According to Allaster, the USTA has discussed the possibility of limiting the number of on-court officials, using charter flights to bring athletes to NY, requiring negative COVID-19 tests prior to traveling and using centralized housing for players. "We've got a responsibility to explore it, but it doesn't have a lot of momentum". "Once they come into our, let's say, "US Open world", Allaster added, "there will be a combination of daily health questionnaires, daily temperature checks and...some nasal or saliva or antibody testing".
Arthur Ashe Stadium will host matches without spectators should the tournament go ahead later this year
"The fundamental objective here is to mitigate risk", said Allaster.
All sanctioned competitors has been suspended by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation since March and is on maintain till late July.
Said Chris Widmaier, the USTA's head of communications: "Our top goal is to conduct the US Open in NY on our scheduled dates". "If the players came to us and said, 'That is something we want to do, ' we would consider it".
The US Open attracted 850 000 spectators past year, but Allaster says it is "less and less likely" spectators will be allowed inside Flushing Meadows if the tournament does go ahead. "The government will help guide us".
All players will also have to test negative to COVID-19 before travelling and will be subjected to daily temperature checks.