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US Open: Who is Going to Play?

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The US Open will be held regardless of the Corona pandemic. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Tuesday that the typically last Grand Slam tournament of the year would be held from August 31 to September 13.

So far it was announced that the US association UST would put strict hygiene policies in place and that no spectators will be allowed so the safety for the players can be guaranteed. It also seems that the players will only be allowed to bring one person with them to the match.

What it is not clear at this stage is what top tennis players will be attending the Grand Slam tournament. 

We know that Federer is out – see our previous article.  The Swiss already said goodbye until 2021 after a second knee arthroscopy – see a previous post.

But what is with Nadal, Djokovic, Williams, Halep, Barty and the others? 

Simona Halep made it clear that participating in New York was highly unlikely for her.

The number one on the WTA Tour, Ashleigh Barty, is concerned about the safety and if it can be guaranteed to the fullest. 

Even though Serena Williams stated that she could “not wait” to compete at her home Grand Slam, it is questionable if she wants to be apart from her daughter for three weeks. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, expressed his doubts on this.

It is not known yet what Rafael Nadal will do. After the US Open, he has the French Open in Paris ahead of him jut one week later. There are voices that he might be more inclined to give up the US Open

In Novak Djokovic’s opinion, “the restrictions are too extreme.” It is not clear if that comment implies that he won’t participate in the US Open. But looking at the Adria Tour that was organised by him and the lack of social distancing and other safety measures there, it is not surprised that Novak feels that way about the Grand Slam in NY. For most of the lower-ranked players, it seems to be essential to play again. Which is not surprising, given that for them playing tennis is the main income stream.

Richard Gasquet does not see it as a big problem to rely on one trainer for three weeks. For the Frenchman Richard, “the important thing is that everyone from number 300 to number one gets to play again”. The English Dan Evans thinks that one coach is enough and that there is “no better way” to financially support players who are not so well placed in the rankings than by organising a Grand Slam tournament. 

There is still more than two months to go until the start of the US Open. So let’s wait and see who will confirm their participation and who will decline. We will keep you posted.

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