Former world No. 3 Marin Cilic thinks winning the US Open in front of an empty stadium would davalue the title run and it just wouldn't be it. The USTA is still planning to host the US Open as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13.
However, they are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and a tournament postponement or a cancellation could eventually happen. Hosting the event without fans is also something that is being considered.
Cilic, 31, claimed his maiden Grand Slam title in 2014 after he handed a straight-set defeat to Kei Nishikori in the US Open final. "I just feel that it’s going to more or less feel like practice matches," Cilic told Reuters.
"I don’t think it’s going to have that weight... It wouldn’t be the best scenario." Cilic thinks it will take time before tennis returns and when it does happen, there will be fans in attendance.
"Tennis season is slightly different than football, than basketball,” Cilic said.
“They have seasons to finish off, and the next season is depending on this season as well. For tennis, if we start in December or in January, it’s not going to change too much.
“I believe that there won’t be any tournaments without fans. “Basically the whole tour is revolving a lot on sponsors and people coming to the tournaments. Sponsors are investing money because people are coming to watch tennis and see the players”.