Instead of being the fourth and last Major of the season, the US Open will host the second edition of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in 2020, starting from August 31. Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, has confirmed on Tuesday that the US Open will go on as scheduled, taking place in the first couple of weeks in September, right after the Western & Southern Open that will also take place in New York.
After five months, tennis should resume in August and the organizers will try to follow all the measures related to the coronavirus, hosting events with no crowd or the qualifying round. Also, the USTA will restrict the number of people around the players to keep everything under control for both the competitors and citizens.
Professional tennis should resume in August after both Wimbledon and the clay season had to be canceled, with many questions still left to answer before the actual matches.
Players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were not happy about the rules and the organization of the second Major of the season, and the Romanian has already confirmed she would only compete in Europe by the end of the season.
There's an issue with the lower-ranked players as well, who were hoping to qualify for the main draw in New York and fight for significant points (if there are any) and the prize money. It looks like the doubles field will be reduced and there will be no junior events this summer in New York, as the organizers keep the focus on the singles players.
"We're excited about the US Open, which will be held in Queens, August 31 through September 13. It will be held without fans, but you can watch it on TV - and I'll take that," Cuomo said. "The tennis authorities are going to be taking extraordinary precautions, but that's going to take place."
"We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and the New York State have approved our plan to host the 2020 US Open and Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks.
We can now give the fans around the world a chance to watch the top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport. Holding these events in 2020 is a boost for the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape.
We will have more details and an official announcement tomorrow," Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, said.