The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has decided to cancel five ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place in the United States in August, according to an update on the USTA website.
USTA cancels five ITF World Tennis Tour events
As per the update on the USTA website, "Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the USTA has canceled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place in the U.S.
in August. The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved with these events. On the women's circuit, two $ 100,000 ITF tournaments have been cancelled - the first scheduled in Lexington, Kentucky, beginning August 3.
and the next scheduled to take place the following week in Landisville, Pennsylvania. In the week of August 17, two men's and one women's tournaments have been cancelled - the $60,000 women's event to be held in Concord, Massachusetts and the men's tournaments of prize money $ 25,000 in Decatur (Illinois) and Memphis (Tennessee).
The ATP & WTA Tours are still scheduled to hold their events in the United States in August. The US Open is scheduled to start on August 31 in New York. The city will also host the Cincinnati Masters 1000 to ensure players can remain in one location during their stay in the United States while an ATP event will be held in Washington in early August.
Several players have expressed concerns about travelling to the United States to compete in New York for the Cincinnati event and the US Open. It remains to be seen how many players will eventually turn up for the American tournaments, especially those who are based in Europe.
The United States has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with an increasing number of cases although the situation in New York city is much better.. For three consecutive days, the country registered more than 50,000 new people infected by the virus.
The new single-day record was set last Thursday, July 2, with more than 54,500 cases. The USTA recently announced that it would also hold the wheelchair tennis event along at the US Open after initially stating that the wheelchair event would not be held.