There will be many absences from the US Open 2020, a tournament that still lives on the border: there are still many doubts about its development due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but there is a certainty, at least until now.
Serena Williams is expected to play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. There will be no Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Qiang Wang.
The presence of Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and of the other players are also in doubt due to the global pandemic that is afflicting the US. So, on balance, Serena Williams could be a prophet in her homeland, the true and only star able to illuminate Flushing Meadows, in what will be remembered as the most atypical edition ever.
Serena the only star in New York?
Patrick Mouratoglou talked about the New York situation and the presence of Serena Williams: "With the obligation of quarantine, the players could not then play the tournaments in Madrid or Rome.
Right? And that would mean staying in a hotel for two weeks beforehand. to play a Grand Slam tournament. It seems a bit absurd. If the USTA provided more detailed answers, and I know it is not easy, there would probably be a better chance of playing the US Open.
Chapter South Americans: Can they travel or not? Australians? What directives are there for them? I don't think you can think of organizing a Grand Slam that's just a national event, right? We need to know what they're going to do."
Meanwhile Serena will come back on the Tour in Lexington, Kentucky, before attempting to win her much-dreamed 24th Grand Slam in New York. Or at least that's the plan. Mouratoglou obviously could not give any guarantees on the possible presence of the US champion in Europe.
He said: "Serena is in the same situation as all those players and all those players who will almost certainly play the US Open. Technically I don't know if a player who lives in the United States, and she lives there, can easily move to Europe.
So, again: these are questions that must be answered immediately. It is also and above all for Serena. If Serena wants to play in Europe, and she certainly wants to, she must know so as to organize herself in the best possible way."