US Open to include wheelchair tennis event



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US Open to include wheelchair tennis event

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that the 2020 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition will be held from September 10 -13 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

US Open to include wheelchair tennis event

In a statement released, the organisers said, "The 2020 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition will be held in its traditional place on the US Open calendar at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this September.

The tournament will run from Sept. 10-13. This decision was made following multiple virtual meetings with a group of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation over the last week. The 2020 US Open Wheelchair Competition will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles events and quad singles and doubles events, all with draw sizes similar to past US Opens.

Wheelchair athletes will follow the same health and safety procedures as all players participating in the US Open and will be able to access the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center beginning on Sept. 7.The ITF is carefully reviewing the impact of this evolving situation related to awarding wheelchair ranking points in regards to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The USTA expects a decision to be announced in the coming days."

The 2020 US Open Wheelchair Competition will feature men's and women's singles and doubles and quad singles and doubles, with draw sizes similar to previous US Open events.

Initially, the USTA had said that the wheelchair, junior, mixed doubles, and singles qualifying would not be held at the tournament and that the fields for the women's and men's doubles draws were halved to 32 teams, as compared to 64 teams earlier.

The International Paralympics Committee President Andrew Parsons said: “The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is pleased with the US Open’s decision to reinstate wheelchair tennis in this year’s event.

Following an outburst of disappointment by the athlete community with their initial decision, the organisers listened, and with the support of the International Tennis Federation, took quick action to work together and reconsider the initial decision.

The US Open has featured wheelchair tennis competitions since 2005, and later added doubles and the quad division. The event has come so far in advancing wheelchair tennis and serving as a role model of inclusion. The entire Paralympic Movement appreciates the organisers’ commitment to continue promoting the sport of wheelchair tennis”.

The US Open will be the second Grand Slam of the 2020 season after the French Open was moved to September and Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time due to the global pandemic.