Fears grow over US Open go-ahead
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.”