Defending US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has said that she will play the US Open Grand Slam event, becoming the second top player to commit to playing the tournament after Serena Williams.
Bianca Andreescu commits to playing US Open in August
While several players from Europe have expressed their concerns about travelling to the United States, Canada's Bianca Andreescu has committed to playing the event.
In a message on her Twitter account, the sixth-ranked Andreescu says, "I have no doubt that the USTA has come up with the best plan to ensure our safety as we look to the return of tennis in 2020. The decision, I know was not made lightly and I completely support and understand every players personal opinions on the matter and their comfort level traveling near and far to compete on the world’s biggest stage.
Returning to life as we once knew it is no longer an option. But, I plan to make the most of the opportunity to get back on the court, re-connect with players and friends and hopefully bring tennis back to the millions of fans across the globe safely”.
Earlier this week, the USTA announced that the tournament will be played behind closed doors from August 31 to September 13. As part of the protocols to ensure the safety of the players, they will be tested for Covid-19 before leaving for New York, upon arrival and once or twice a week during their stay; they will be able to stay in a hotel where two double rooms will be reserved for them, or rent a house, outside Manhattan.
While most of the players based in the United States are likely to play in New York, it remains to be seen how many of the players who are currently based in Europe will travel to the United States for the event. One player who will surely not be there is Roger Federer, who announced that he has undergone a procedure on his right knee and will be out for the entire season.
Former champion Naomi Osaka's management company had also said she was looking forward to playing in the event in New York. Bianca Andreescu stunned the tennis world in 2019 when she defeated Serena Williams in the US Open final last year to win her first Grand Slam title of the season. She turned 20 years old on 16th June and has not played since the WTA Finals in October due to a knee injury.