Over the weekend, the Associated Press talked with US Open executives about plans for holding the event as scheduled on August 31.
Some of the ideas include:
* Charter flights for players from several cities in Europe, SA and Middle East
* Limit entourages
* Daily temperature checks
* Players must test negative for COVID before flying in
* Fewer on-court officials
* Ballkids (adults only) are OK
* Special housing for players
* No fans
“All of this is still fluid,” Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief executive for professional tennis, said to the AP. “We have made no decisions at all.”
The US Open is still planning to make a decision in mid-June (two weeks).
It also doesn’t sound like playing the event anywhere other than New York is an option right now.
Allaster added that players would essentially come on site, practice, then go back to hotel. No lounging around. Also, there hasn’t been any discussing of reducing the sets, so for now it’s still best-of-3 women, best-of-5 men. And what events are still planned to be held. Will there be doubles, mixed doubles, juniors and qualifying?
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