United States Tennis Association (USTA)
executive director Michael Dowse has revealed that the US Open could move
across the country to California this year.
The hard-court Grand Slam is slated to take place in its traditional
timeslot, starting on 24 August and running until September 7,
at Flushing Meadows in New York City.
However, doubts have been raised about whether or not New York will
be ready to host the event as the state is currently the epicentre of
the coronavirus pandemic in the United States while the Billie Jean King
National Tennis Centre is being used as a temporary field hospital to
USTA has given itself until June to make a decision and some have
proposed that the tournament be moved to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden
in California, which hosts the annual BNP Paribas Open and has a stadium
that can hold 16 000 people.
Other suggestions include moving the tournament to November or playing it without fans.
“Nothing, is off the table,” Dowse told Inside Tennis.
He added: “There’s too much speculation - we’ll know so much more in
June. In reality it’s certainly possible to play without fans.
“No formal decision has been made about Indian Wells. Whatever we do,
we’ll have to do it in alignment with the owners of Indian Wells, and
the ATP and the WTA. These days the most energy is on social
US President Donald Trump held high-level talks with tennis,
football, hockey, basketball and baseball officials recently and Dowse
says the main aim is to host the event, but he highlighted their
“All of us want the US Open to happen and we are ready to help with
increased testing and to help players get in and out of the country,” he
“We have three priorities: 1) the health and well-being of the
players, staff, fans and all those involved; 2) what’s good for tennis;
and 3) the financial impact. Everything is still on the table and we’ll
be going forward based on the three-phase approach noted in the federal
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