US Open Tennis In New York: The U.S. Open—New York’s exhilarating summer sports event—is one of the most exciting things to do in Queens. But this year, things are going to be much different.
While the games will go on, the U.S. Tennis Association said that fans will not be allowed in because of state health and safety protocols surrounding large gatherings.
That’s a huge change that means Flushing won’t be buzzing with activity like it does each year when the tennis stars come to play.
“The decision to hold the 2020 U.S. Open without fans was not an easy one, but ultimately it was the correct one,” said Stacey Allaster, the chief executive, of Professional Tennis at USTA and US Open Tournament Director.
“To mitigate risk, we must minimize numbers on-site. Though we will not have fans on our site, we will engage with tennis fans around the world in new and exciting ways with the help of our global broadcast partners, and all our US Open sponsors.”
To that end, the Billie Jean King Tennis Center is holding both the 2020 U.S. Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open will be held at Flushing’s NTC.
By doing this, it allows the USTA to keep the events in one centralized location, mitigating risk and allowing for one cohesive safety plan but it’ll also amp up excitement for the summer’s biggest tennis events.
Still, some tennis players have decided not to participate to protect themselves and their families from getting ill, including Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios.
When is the U.S. Open?
The U.S. Open takes place in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens at the end of the summer from from August 31 to September 13. ESPN and ESPN+ will be covering the games so you will be able to watch them that way.
The US Open, by far the nation’s biggest tennis tournament, returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 31 through September 13.
The Grand Slam event brings together the world’s best players, and this year will be preceded by the relocated Western & Southern Open. Although fans won’t be allowed in the stadium to see the 2020 matches, organizers are working with broadcast partners and sponsors to allow fans alternate views of the action. For more information, visit usopen.org.