USTA ac­cused over safety Sec­ond play­ers’ ho­tel ‘host­ing wed­dings and par­ties’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Us Open - Si­mon Briggs

Cracks are ap­pear­ing in the United States Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion’s sup­pos­edly biose­cure bub­ble in New York, as it emerged that the sec­ond of­fi­cial player ho­tel in Long Is­land is far from be­ing as well de­fended as the first.

In an in­ter­view with Ad­van­tage Pod­cast, Ger­man dou­bles player Tim Puetz said that this sec­ond ho­tel was even host­ing wed­dings and par­ties, while there was no se­cu­rity to stop play­ers go­ing out if they wished. While ac­knowl­edg­ing the cost and dif­fi­culty of the op­er­a­tion, he said the USTA should have been more can­did with the play­ers in ad­vance.

“The USTA has a case to an­swer,” Puetz said, “as they never com­mu­ni­cated that we play­ers in the sec­ond ho­tel were not in a bub­ble. The other ho­tel with the other 90 per cent of play­ers is dif­fer­ent. It is com­pletely booked by the USTA and there is se­cu­rity at ev­ery en­trance. But that was not the case in the sec­ond.

“You can leave the ho­tel, the­o­ret­i­cally. They just booked sev­eral floors for the US Open play­ers. But there were nor­mal ho­tel guests.

There were points of con­tact. Then we shared the el­e­va­tor.” A USTA spokesman said: “We have con­sis­tently com­mu­ni­cated all as­pects of the US Open health and safety pro­to­cols with both tours and of­ten with play­ers di­rectly.”

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