French tennis star Richard Gasquet, 33, admits he is a bit baffled by the updated ATP calendar but he understands because every tournament wants to protect itself and not lose a big amount of money. On Tuesday, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a Twitter post that he had given the US Open organizers the green light to proceed with the event as scheduled from August 31 - September 13.
A day later, the ATP officially confirmed the season will resume as the the target date is August 14 -- when the time comes for the Citi Open in Washington. The USTA proposed to stage both the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in New York so players will be put in a bubble over a three-week period.
The Cincinnati Masters is now scheduled to start on August 22. On September 8 -- in the middle of the US Open -- Kitzbuhel is scheduled to kick off and the clay Masters events in Rome and Madrid will be played between September 13-27.
On September 27, the French Open will kick off. "This calendar is completely crazy. So many tournaments in a short time, it's grotesque. But everyone wants to save their tournament. This is normal because it is vital economically.
But the players will have to make choices," Gasquet told Le Parisien, as quoted on We Love Tennis France.
Richard Gasquet keeping his possibilities open
Gasquet, a former world No. 7, admits he would skip the US Open if it was taking place now but his mind could change over the next two months and he may play at Flushing Meadows this year.
"I don't know yet what I'm going to do, it's in two months, by then everything is possible. I am lucky to be able to choose. Afterwards, we will also see how the situation is developing in terms of health. If there is no problem, I will go to New York.
But if the tournament was held tomorrow, I would not have gone. There are too many uncertainties," Gasquet added. Gasquet, now ranked at No. 50 in the world, achieved his best result at the US Open in 2013, when he made the semifinal before losing to Rafael Nadal. It remains to be seen if Richard Gasquet will play at this year's US Open.