Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka fully enjoyed the suspension of the circuit. The former World number 3 has been able to recharge his batteries, but at the same time he is looking forward to getting back on the road after having started the season well with the quarterfinals reached at the Australian Open.
Interviewed by RTS Sport in recent days, the Swiss champion admitted that he is not very confident about the progress of the US Open. While ATP and WTA have extended the suspension of both tours until July 31, the USTA should communicate the final decision on the last seasonal Slam by mid-June.
“So, for the moment, I think that the world is losing down the lockdowns gradually. Let’s see what is going to happen this week, we will have an idea for a longterm plan. For me, in my head, it’s clear, that before august it’s impossible to play anyways.
I’m really highly doubtful concerning the US Open,” the World number 17 said. At the moment, the city of New York has to contend with nearly 350,000 COVID-19 infection cases and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center had been converted into a temporary hospital until a few days ago.
There had been rumors of a possible move of the tournament to Florida or Indian Wells, but official confirmation never came. USTA spokesperson, Chris Widmaier, asserted that the organizers are firm on their stance. They wish to hold the event at the scheduled date and venue.
He also revealed that USTA is also open to the idea of staging the tournament behind closed doors. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been converted into a temporary hospital with more than 450 beds laid inside in the premises.