US Open still planning for August 31 start - organisers

US Open still planning for August 31 start - organisers

US Open still planning for August 31 start - organisers

Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov on Friday joined Djokovic in expressing their reluctance over playing at the US Open under current conditions while the coronavirus pandemic is still active.

The Times report said the tournament would take place at Flushing Meadows without fans from August 31 to September 13 after receiving support from the ATP and WTA Tours.

"Will she be OK to be three weeks without a daughter? I doubt it", Mouratoglou reported. "She's never been one day without her. but only she can answer this question".

A Grand Slam title defense is likely a priority for the remainder of the year, but there's so much unknown.

"We continue to be, I would say, 150% focused on staging a safe environment for conducting a U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY on our dates".

A decision from the US Tennis Association's board about whether to hold the grand slam tournament in NY in August could be made as early as this week.

The plan shared with the state government includes: zero spectators; limited player entourages; assigned hotels; increased cleaning at the tournament grounds; extra locker room space; daily temperature checks and occasional testing for COVID-19.

"Also, we could bring one person to the club, which is really impossible".

With Roger Federer announcing earlier this month that he won't compete again until 2021 after undergoing a second surgical procedure on his right knee., the Swiss master will hit pause on his record 20 majors, while his top challengers will have two opportunities, in theory, to close the gap (Djokovic has 17 majors) or equal or surpass him (Nadal has 19). It has already processed the fact that there will be no Wimbledon in 2020, but is still waiting for the US Open to be cleared up.

Players were informed of the plan on a conference call last week.

"We should park it and start again early next year, nearly as if it were a blank sheet of paper", he said.

Mouratoglou accepts the limits of transferring concerning hotel and the stadium for weeks would be a problem, but he thinks from a logistical standpoint it could continue to work.

"I think it's possible to go with just a coach", he said. I think the majority of players would also do the same.

"She can use the physios at the facility".

The French Open, which was scheduled to start in late May, announced it would postpone opening day until September 20, just one week after the U.S. Open is scheduled to end.

The WTA and ATP schedules have been on ice since March with action not set to resume until the end of July at the earliest. "It needs to take place for financial reasons". It's a large federation with a ton of men and women operating that they will need to pay.

"Most of the players I have talked to were quite negative on whether they would go there", Djokovic said.

It is with this existential backdrop for the sport that this weekend Mouratoglou launched the "Ultimate Tennis Showdown" - a round-robin tournament featuring top players from the men's game including ATP Finals victor Stefanos Tsitsipas.

With worldwide TV contracts - including an annual average of $70 million from ESPN alone - helping offset the loss of money from ticket sales and other onsite revenue, and facing a recession that already led to the recent elimination of more than 100 jobs at the USTA, the association's board made a decision to go forward with its marquee event despite concerns about COVID-19 and global travel.

"My goal is to bring onboard new fans". And if we deliver new lovers, it's going to be great for the full business. And I'm sure that some of them will discover tennis. This weekend observed hour-prolonged spherical-robin matches, in a matchplay format that compelled players at periods into a confrontational climax. On court-coaching - which is normally banned - was allowed during frequent 30 second time outs between points.

Penalties were being peaceful for psychological shows like racket-smashing and cursing, whilst the players appeared to delight in the structure more than enough that such outbursts had been restricted. I don't know how long. "But it's fine if not everyone does it, because we have different personalities", he said.

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