The US Open at risk of cancellation: here is why

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The US Open at risk of cancellation: here is why

The US Open 2020, scheduled from 24 August to 13 September New York, is still at risk. At the moment, the Billie Jean King Tennis Center facilities have been converted into a real hospital to deal with the Coronavirus emergency.

USTA released a fairly alarming statement on Friday on Twitter in which everyone is advised not to play tennis until the epidemic has at least partially subsided: "The COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges for everyone across the globe.

American tennis players are asking for guidance regarding the safety of playing tennis, especially when social distancing and space sharing issues are now paramount. Based on the recommendations of the USTA COVID- 19 Advisory Group, the USTA believes that it is in the best interest of society to take a collective pause from playing the sport we love.

Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisors believe there is the possibility that the virus responsible for COVID-19 could be transmitted through common sharing and handling of tennis balls, gate handles, benches, net posts and even court surfaces.

As a result of this, the USTA asks that as tennis players we need to be patient in our return to the courts and consider how our decisions will not only affect ourselves, but how our decisions can impact our broader communities.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay active and healthy with at-home exercise and creative "tennis-at-home" variations. We look forward to our return to tennis in a safe manner and will provide updates as new information becomes available.

By practicing all the recommended guidelines presently put forth by our medical experts, that return will happen in the soonest possible timeframe." At this time the US Open remain confirmed in schedule, however the possibility of a postponement or even of a cancellation as has already happened for Wimbledon cannot be absolutely excluded.