Following Monday’s cancellation of the Citi Open, which was due to restart the ATP Tour on August 14 following its suspension last March, has prompted the US Open organisers to reaffirm their commitment to run the American leg of the grand slams as scheduled, on August 31.
The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment for players and everyone else involved in both tournaments that mitigates health risks USTA satement
The ‘continued uncertainties’ which led to the cancellation of the warm-up event, ‘in no way impacts’ the USTA’s decision to continue with their own plans o the Cincinnati Open which has been transferred to Flushing Meadows in place of a qualifying event.
“This decision in no way impacts the US Open or the Western & Southern Open,” the statement read.
“The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment for players and everyone else involved in both tournaments that mitigates health risks.”
It added: “We constantly base our decisions regarding hosting these tournaments on our three guiding principles that include safety and health of all involved, whether hosting these events are in the best interest in the sport of tennis and whether this decision is financially viable.
“We are confident we remain in-line with all three guiding principles.”
Part of the safety measures includes a closed door policy, i.e no spectators.
Meanwhile US authorities are struggling to handle the coronavirus crisis as infections surge towards four million, with more than 140,000 deaths. Consequently no spectators will be allowed at either tournament in in the stadium which has been used as a temporary coronavirus hospital area when the region was the epicentre of the pandemic.
However leading players have cast doubts as to whether they will sign up.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic said he was still undecided over whether to travel while world No.3 Dominic Thiem described the event as being ‘on shaky legs’.
“It’s disappointing that due to these unprecedented times, the Citi Open will not be able to go ahead this year,” said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“Unfortunately for the moment there are still large factors at play which are outside of our control. We look forward to the Citi Open returning as one of our signature American events in 2021.”
Meanwhile the women’s WTA tour is scheduled to restart on August 3 in Palermo, Italy, followed by a tournament in Prague the same week as well as a new hardcourt event in Kentucky featuring Serena Williams.