Along with the world outside, the tennis tour has been experiencing weird situations over the past few months. And now, the back-to-back cancelation of tournaments doesn’t surprise the tennis fans. The lives of the lower-ranked tennis players have become miserable, as the tennis-less days have affected their livelihood. Amid the unplayable situations in the US, tennis tour will be kick-starting at Citi Open in Washington D.C. The big tournaments Cincinnati and US Open 2020 will be taking place in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (the usual destination for US Open) after the New York governor gave a green signal.
During the peak time of the pandemic, the tennis stadium was converted into a hospital with more than 350 beds. The city of New York has recorded more than 420k cases and as of Saturday, 24,855 people have lost their lives. Despite the scary stats, the USTA officials have decided to go ahead with the event.
But according to Spanish publication MARCA, the return of tennis in the US is doubtful amid the vibes of pandemic and the regulations of quarantines. (As per the translated information in the Spanish source)
Also, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou is skeptical about the US Open taking place in New York, as the prevailing situations do not show any positive signs of holding the event.
“With what’s happening at the moment in the US, with the number of cases of COVID-19 going higher and higher every day, I don’t think that [The US Open] can happen,” Mouratoglou said.
Besides the unplayable situations home-favorite and former six-time US Open champion, Serena Williams will be playing at the American Slam. Also, World Number three Dominic Thiem has announced his appearance at the US Open. He also plans to play at Cincinnati Open before that and skip the Citi Open.
However other top players like Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Belinda Bencic, and Ashleigh Barty are yet to decide about their trip to New York this year and as of now, they are reluctant to travel to the US.