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