The US Open are meant to start on August 31st, but it is still not clear which tennis players will take part at the Grand Slam Tournament. Looking at the high COVID-19 numbers in the US, many tennis players have reservations to take a risk and rather miss out on the tournament in New York.
Some tennis stars, like Rafael Nadal, announced that he wouldn’t take part in NY this year. Others like world number one, Novak Djokovic, as well as the German, Alexander Zverev, confirmed their participation.
Before the US Open, some players will swing the racket at the Western and Southern Open from August 20-28. This tournament will be held in New York as a dress rehearsal for the big Grand Slam Tournament starting August 31st.
All players, as well as their teams, are tested for COVID-19 before the tournament. The testing is supposed to minimize the transmission of the virus by isolating positively tested players. Based on this mandatory testing, the first positive case could be found with the Japanese, Kei Nishikori, testing positively for the coronavirus. He and his team were supposed to take part in the Western and Southern Open. Based on the outcome of his coronavirus testing, he had to cancel his participation. It is unclear yet if Nishikori will be paying at the US Open.