U.S. Open Tennis Will Start On Time, New York Gov. Cuomo Says

This photo of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was taken during the second round of the US Open tennis championships in 2019.

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This photo of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was taken during the second round of the US Open tennis championships in 2019.

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament will take place as scheduled in Queens, N.Y., this summer.

The event will begin on Aug. 31 without fans in the stands because of the continued spread of the coronavirus.

Some tennis stars expressed unease at the announcement. Australian tennis star Nicholas Kyrgios called the move “selfish” on Twitter and joked that he would bring his hazmat suit. Only 102 people have died in Australia due to the coronavirus, a tiny fraction of the more than 116,000 that have died in the United States from COVID-19.

Other stars including the women’s world No. 1 Ash Barty and 17-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic have expressed concerns about the safety of the event, according to the Associated Press.

In a tweet, Cuomo stressed that the U.S. Tennis Authority will be taking precautions that include “testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation.”

“It will be held without fans, but we can watch it on TV, and I’ll take that,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “The tennis authority is going to be taking extraordinary precautions.”

The U.S. Open is one of tennis’ four ‘grand slam’ tournaments, and would be the second to take place this year, with the Australian Open having ended in February. Wimbledon has been canceled for the year and the French Open, which usually takes place in May, was rescheduled to September after the U.S. Open.



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