US Open Tennis In Doubt: The US Open has been thrown into fresh doubt after the Citi Open in Washington DC was axed on Tuesday.
The tournament, due to begin on August 13, was set to mark the resumption of the professional men’s tour following its suspension in March.
However, ongoing uncertainties regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including various international travel restrictions and a high infection rate in the United States, the tournament has been pulled.
That decision raises questions over feasibility of proceeding with the US Open, which is scheduled to get under way in New York on August 31.
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There is one tournament scheduled to be played before that – the Western & Southern Open at the same site on August 20 – and the ATP has said it is in close contact with United States Tennis Association (USTA) over the staging of those two events.
A number of top players, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have expressed doubts over playing at Flushing Meadows, though Serena Williams has committed to taking part.
Nadal appears to be focusing on his French Open bid, with footage emerging of the Spaniard practising on clay courts in Mallorca. The Paris Grand Slam is due to start on September 27 and it is now possible that the European clay-court season could mark the return of the men’s tour.
Citi Open chairman Mark Ein said on the ATP Tour website: “After months of tireless work by our team and close collaboration with our many stakeholders, we are heartbroken to announce that we must unfortunately postpone the 52nd Citi Open until the summer of 2021.
“With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends, that have forced us to make this decision now in fairness to our players, suppliers and partners, so that they can have certainty around their planning.”