New York State approves USTA plans for US Open & Cincinnati

The US Open has been given the green light. The Grand Slam held at Flushing Meadows will welcome players in August as the begins to return to some normality. Prior to what is usually the third Grand Slam of the year will be the Western and Southern Open.

Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati is a joint WTA and ATP event but will not be held in Cincinnati, it will be instead held at Flushing Meadows, the same sight as the US Open.

More information and official confirmation will be published on Wednesday.

It is also a high possibility that Djokovic, Nadal, Serena and Simona Halep will not be there amongst many others.

Djokovic has made it clear he is not keen on the ruling that he can only bring one member of his team. Nadal is likewise unsure of playing until it is fair and safe for everyone to travel. Roger Federer is of course out due to injury

Thiem, Zverev and Dimitrov raised doubts over their participation at the Adria Tour in Belgrade.

Serena and Simona’s respective coaches Patrick Mouratoglou and Darren Cahill have also gone down the similar line of it being difficult for their players to just bring one person with them.

The USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mike Dowse has said:

“We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State have today approved our plan to host the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

We recognise the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis’ top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport.

Being able to hold these event in 2020 is a boost for the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape.”

This should co-inside with an update from the ATP and WTA tomorrow on their calendars.

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