The United States Tennis Association has confirmed, The U.S Open tennis tournament will take place as scheduled. The earlier fear of the tournament not taking place as initially planned, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic has been over shadowed by The New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcement that the tournament will go on as earlier planned.
The event which has been the biggest tennis revenue in the US and especially in New York will take place from August 31 to September 13 at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. Although the event will be hosted without the fans being in attendance.
In a statement issued by the United States Tennis Association, it expressed excitement on the approval by New York for the tournament to hold on time.
“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,” Mike Dowse, USTA CEO, said in a statement.
The New York Gov. Cuomo had outlined some of the safety measures to be implemented which is necessary for the event of this caliber.
“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,” Cuomo said in his daily news conference.
Meanwhile some of the top players, expected to participant at the event have criticised and expressed concern on the event holding, such as Raphael Nadal and Novak Djokovic,
“Most of the players I have talked with were quite negative on whether they would go there,” Djokovic said in an interview with Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS on Tuesday as reported by CNBC.
Djokovic further said the restrictions in place would be “extreme” and “not sustainable.”
Also, Nick Kyrgios called it “selfish” to hold the U.S. Open.
“I’ll get my hazmat suit ready for when I travel from Australia and then have to quarantine for 2 weeks on my return,” he tweeted Monday.
However, the organisers have agreed to the decision to hold the iconic tournament which generates in $400 million in revenue annually and accounts for 80% of the USTA’s yearly total.
Also The US Open tournament is a boost in tourism, generates business to the area’s of hotels, restaurants and the greater local economy.