USTA: We still plan to hold US Open as scheduled but changes could be made


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USTA: We still plan to hold US Open as scheduled but changes could be made

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has confirmed that it plans to hold the US Open as scheduled but they are not ruling out the possibility of holding the event at a later date. Last Thursday, the ATP announced a six-week Tour suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak but the growing doubt is that the season won't continue on April 27 after the suspension expires.

The US Open organizers hope the coronavirus pandemic won't affect the fourth Grand Slam tournament of the season, which is scheduled to take place at Flushing Meadows from August 31 - September 13. "The USTA is continuing to plan for the 2020 US Open and is not at this time implementing any changes to the schedule,” the tournament said in a statement.

“These are unprecedented times, though, and we are assessing all of our options, including the possibility of moving the tournament to a later date. On Tuesday, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced the French Open would kick off on September 20 -- not on May 24 as it was originally scheduled.

The FFT's decision to start the French Open on September 20 means that the clay-court Grand Slam event will kick off just six days after the men's singles final at Flushing Meadows. Also, their decision to move the event to another date didn't sit well with some players and tournament organizers as the ATP and WTA events scheduled between September 20 and October 04 could suffer a major blow.

"At a time when the world is coming together, we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally, and therefore the USTA would only do so in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup," the USTA underlined.