US Open

Becker calls for cancellation of US Open

2020-05-01 14:39
Boris Becker (Getty)

German tennis legend Boris Becker is concerned about the safety aspect of hosting the US Open in New York, the new epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tennis calendar has been thrown into chaos due to Covid-19 as the sport has been on a break since early March, but officials have pencilled in 13 July as a possible return date.

As a result, Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II, while the French Open has been rescheduled for 20 September - 4 October.

The US Open is set to run from 31 August until 13 September at Flushing Meadows in New York, one of the states in the US worst-hit by the virus, but former world No 1 Becker feels it shouldn’t take place.

"It's the only Grand Slam still standing, but New York was pretty much the worst city hit by the virus a couple of weeks ago,” he told Laureus.com.

"I don't think it would be wise to have a tournament there."

- TEAMtalk media

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