US Open officials have said that they have no plans to cancel the annual American Grand Slam tournament this year as of now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Danny Zausner, managing director of the US Tennis Association, which runs the tournament, commented, “We’re still planning accordingly."
The US Open is scheduled to start from August 24th as of now and end on September 13th. Zausner made the comments at a press conference with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the tennis facility. The tennis facility is being turned into a 350-bed makeshift hospital to deal with an overload of patients in New York.
Central Park is another location in which a makeshift hospital is being also set up. Zausner added that while the Open will be held, “It seems so trivial in light of what’s going on in the city and the state”.
New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and the New York Governor has said that the apex of the pandemic could be within the next 7 to 21 days. He has also said that the social distancing guidelines would be in place for some time.
The social distancing guidelines issued by the US President Donald Trump have already been extended till April 30th. As of now, all tennis tournaments till June 7th have been canceled on the ATP, WTA and ITF circuits. The All England Club will make an announcement on Wednesday with regards to the Wimbledon Grand Slam.