'US Open organizers want to host event in 2020 if at all possible'

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'US Open organizers want to host event in 2020 if at all possible'

Member of the ATP Board of Directors Herwig Straka has underlined that the US Open organizers will do everything in their power to host the event this year. The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31 - September 13 and the tournament organizers are hopeful they won't be forced to postpone or even cancel the event.

Unfortunately, the United States have been the hardest hit nation by the coronavirus pandemic and New York -- the home of the US Open -- has been one of the hardest hit cities. "Organizers of the US Open want to host this year’s tournament if at all possible," Straka told Sky Sports News HD Germany, as revealed on Tennis TourTalk.

"The current health situation in the United States concerning COVID-19 is not the best. Responsible action would be needed in order to protect the health and safety of the players, staff, as well as the wider tennis community.

Therefore hosting a larger US-swing seems unlikely at the moment but a Grand Slam tournament is obviously the peak of the season." The season has been suspended until early-August and Straka says the faith of the United States hard court swing will be known in mid-June.

Straka also works as the tournament director for the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, which takes place in October. "In mid-June we will also know what will happen with our tournaments here in Europe scheduled for August.

Ten weeks lead time is enough for a tournament, which will be held at a club. For organizers of the indoor events in autumn, however, it will be more difficult, as they will need more time. The middle of June will be decisive," Straka said.