U na new idea arises so that the dispute of the United States Open this year is a reality, and this will be that the Cincinnati tournament, traditional Masters 1,000 that precedes that of New York is played just before this Grand Slam and in the same city of skyscrapers .
This proposal would have been transferred by the US Tennis Federation. (USTA) to the ATP and the WTA and the information is provided by the newspaper The New York Times. In this way, all the participants in both tournaments will meet in the same city for a long period of time, avoiding trips and risks of contagion due to the coronavirus pandemic and the USTA will save two of their calendar jewels in one fell swoop.
In this way, the Western & Southern Open will be held from August 17 to 23 and the United States Open, from August 24 to September 13 followed and without displacement. The idea arises shortly after the USTA itself announced a series of measures to enable the dispute over the American 'major'. Among them, provide directions to players arriving from areas considered at risk in Europe (Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt), South America (Buenos Aires) and Asia (Dubai). Tests before boarding the plane, and have proof that they are negative for Covid-19.
Then, once in place, a daily follow-up will be established : health questionnaire to fill out, temperature controls, nasal, saliva and antibody tests. To all these precautions are added charter flights, adult ball boys, and the most controversial: no public in the stands.
"That's one of the options being considered," Stacey Allaster, executive director of USTA professional tennis, said at the time of the fans' presence. There are "less and less chance" that viewers will attend this year's event, added USTA chief financial officer Lew Sherr.
"That means giving up ticketing, hospitality, and some of the sponsorship revenue," Sherr said. "But the television and digital rights and the rest of the sponsors are big enough that it is worth playing the US Open behind closed doors," he said.
To all this is added the unknown about what will happen with the tournaments prior to the United States Open not yet resolved by the ATP, which should have already announced this calendar and which seems that the announcement has been postponed, precisely to consolidate the Cincinnati-New York idea earlier, in the same city