US Open organizers receive boost in their chances of staging event


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US Open organizers receive boost in their chances of staging event

The US Open has received a boost in their chances of hosting this year's event after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his support for a return of major pro sports. The tennis season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension will last until at least early-August.

The USTA confirmed their plans to stage the US Open as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13 are still ongoing but they are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. Hosting the US Open without fans is one of the options being considered but the hope is fans will be allowed to attend the Grand Slam event.

"New York State is ready and willing to partner with major sports teams that are interested in playing games safely, without fans. If our professional sports teams can make it work (and be safe) on their end, we’re supportive,” Cuomo said in a Twitter post.

The United States have been the hardest hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic and New York one of the hardest hit cities. However, the organizers refuse to call of the event as they are keen on staging the event. Previously, the French Open was rescheduled for September and Wimbledon cancelled.