The US Tennis Association (USTA) waits until June to decide whether or not to host the 2020 US Grand Slam.
US Open organizers still want to organize the Grand Slam hard court tournament from August 31 to September 14 as expected. But with the United States becoming the country with the highest number of cases and deaths from Covid-19, the option to cancel or postpone the solution was taken into account.
New York, where the US Open took place, was the epidemic in the US with 226,198 people infected and 16,106 dead. Nationwide, there were 678,144 cases and 34,641 deaths from Covid-19, as of April 16.
The US Open is the main source of revenue for the American Tennis Association, so the cancellation of the tournament will have a significant impact on this organization. Executives like Michael Dowse have recently accepted a 20% pay cut in the remaining months of 2020, to finance tennis facilities in the US. USTA also plans to provide US $ 15 million to the Tennis Federation, which is in trouble because of Covid-19.
Professional tennis has been discontinued since March, and certainly won’t return before July 13. Wimbledon’s Grand Slam announced the cancellation, and Roland Garros had to move to the end of September, right after the US Open.
Tennis may be paralyzed through 2020
Craig Tiley, Managing Director of the Australian Open, commented that Covid-19 would delay tennis activities until the end of the year.
Mr. Tiley’s opinion was further strengthened by the end of April 1, Wimbledon organizers announced the cancellation of the award in 2020, and ATP changed the time the professional tournament system returned, from June 7 to July 13.
If everything is true as Tiley said, the 2020 Australian Open is the only Grand Slam to be held this year, with the champion being Novak Djokovic. Roland Garros has been rescheduled for late September and the US Open is using the field as a field hospital. The possibility of these two Grand Slams taking place is not high, given the unregulated Covid-19 in the US and Europe.