'If hosted, US Open would be one of most-watched sporting events ever'



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'If hosted, US Open would be one of most-watched sporting events ever'

Tennis agent John Tobias thinks the US Open would draw enormous interest worldwide if the tournament organizers found a way to stage the event this year. The tennis season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak and the current suspension sees the Tours being suspended until at least July 13.

The French Open was rescheduled for a September 27 start, while Wimbledon got cancelled for the first time since 1945 as there was no way in staging the grass Major at a later date. The USTA is still planning to host the US Open as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13 but they are closely following the situation and a postponement or a cancellation remain an option.

"If the USTA finds a way to pull off the tournament, even if it's with a reduced draw on just a few courts, and without doubles, it would be one of the most-watched sporting events of all time," Tobias told ESPN.

New York -- the home of the US Open -- has been one of the worst hit cities in the world by the coronavirus pandemic.

There were rumors of staging the US Open in Indian Wells but the USTA said in its latest statement they weren't exploring that possibility yet. It remains to be seen if the organizers will find a way to stage the US Open this year.