Following the shuttering of the Washington tennis tournament, the US Open shot down any cancellation rumors stating they are committed to holding the event next month as planned.
“This decision in no way impacts the US Open or the Western & Southern Open,” the USTA said in a statement. “The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment for players and everyone else involved in both tournaments that mitigates health risks that was approved by the State of New York and also conforms to the standards put forth by New York City and the federal government. We constantly base our decisions regarding hosting these tournaments on our three guiding principles that include safety and health of all involved, whether hosting these events are in the best interest in the sport of tennis and whether this decision is financially viable. We are confident we remain in-line with all three guiding principles.”
Tournament head Stacy Allaster emphatically told the New York Times, “We are all in.”
Last week, Cincinnati, which will hold their event in New York, put out their own release of assurance.
That’s all great!
The big issue for these events is the recent resurgence in Coronavirus cases in the U.S. which has heightened travel restrictions within the U.S. and for those coming into the country and leaving.
Will the international players have to quarantine? And will they have to quarantine when they return home? And some players might not even be allowed into the country.
As I said last month, we’ll likely see the US Open be for North American players, the French for the European.
Things could and likely will change between now and in a month when Cincinnati begins. But the good news is, other sports like the PGA, NASCAR, European soccer have proven the games can go on. And with baseball, NBA and the NHL about to resume, the trend, at least in the sports world, is going in the positive direction.
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