Fears grow over US Open go-ahead

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Ten­nis By Jonathan Veal

Fresh doubts have been raised about the US Open af­ter the re­sump­tion of the men’s ATP Tour was fur­ther de­layed.

The Citi Open in Wash­ing­ton DC, due to be­gin on Aug 13, was set to kick off the pro­fes­sional men’s tour fol­low­ing its sus­pen­sion in March.

But, due to un­cer­tain­ties over the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional travel re­stric­tions and a high in­fec­tion rate in the United States, it has been can­celled.

That puts fur­ther doubt over the US Open, which is sched­uled to be­gin in New York on Aug 31.

There is one tour­na­ment planned be­fore that – the Western and South­ern Open at the same site on Aug 20. The ATP has said it is in close con­tact with the United States Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion over the stag­ing of the events.

Ser­ena Wil­liams has com­mit­ted to tak­ing part but it ap­pears that the en­tire Amer­i­can hard-court swing could now be wiped out.

Mark Ein, the Citi Open chair­man, said on the ATP Tour web­site: “We are heart­bro­ken to an­nounce that we must post­pone the 52nd Citi Open un­til the sum­mer of 2021. There are too many un­re­solved ex­ter­nal is­sues.”

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