U.S. Open site set for pa­tients, food pack­ages

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

The site of the U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in New York is go­ing to be used for 350 tem­po­rary hos­pi­tal beds and to pre­pare food pack­ages.

U.S. Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Chris Wid­maier said an area that houses in­door courts at the Bil­lie Jean King Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­ter in Flush­ing Mead­ows will be con­verted into a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity start­ing Tues­day.

New York state and city of­fi­cials are try­ing to in­crease hos­pi­tal ca­pac­ity by up to 87,000 beds to han­dle the out­break.

Wid­maier added that kitchens at Louis Arm­strong Sta­dium will be used for putting to­gether 25,000 meal pack­ages per day for pa­tients, work­ers, vol­un­teers and school­child­ren in the city.

Box­ing: The In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Hall of Fame canceled its Hall of Fame week­end in June. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ed Bro­phy said this year’s class will be hon­ored at the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony in June 2021.

The Class of 2020 in­cludes the first fe­male hon­orees in Barbara But­trick, Christy Martin and Lu­cia Ri­jker, along with Bernard Hop­kins, Juan Manuel Mar­quez, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Frank Erne, and Paddy Ryan.

Also se­lected were pro­mot­ers

Lou DiBella — the Rich­mond Fly­ing Squir­rels’ team pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing gen­eral part­ner — Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen, and jour­nal­ists Bernard Fer­nan­dez and Thomas Hauser.

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