Return of The US Open 2020
The return of tennis we all have been waiting for months. All sports including tennis have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic and now after almost 5 months of no tennis, we are actually talking about the return of tennis and is now become realistic to stage events.
Davis Cup qualifying rounds were the last international competition that tennis had in the first week of March. And now tennis is set to return at the American continent with Western & Southern Open, which was used to be held at Cincinnati, now scheduled to be staged in New York from 22 August. A tournament which is lead-up to the US Open, the 2nd Grand Slam which will take place this year after the Australian Open.
Before The US Open Tournaments
In normal conditions, all eyes tend to stick at Indian Wells in March where the first Masters 1000 event takes place but this year, the same tournament became the first event to be canceled with the outcomes of coronavirus. Now all eyes are once again set to Western & Southern Open which is becoming the first Masters 1000 event of 2020 to take place in New York. The event will be taking place one week before the commencement of US Open.
After the Western & Southern Open, the players will straight ahead to the US Open. A tournament that will not be like we all are accustomed to seeing. US Open which is used to be the 4th and final Grand Slam event of the year but this year, it will be the 2nd Grand Slam event of the year and this will be the first tournament in the 143-year history of Grand Slams that will be held without any spectators and will be staged behind closed doors. Coronavirus tests will be conducted during the whole tournament and if a player becomes a victim of coronavirus and his tests come positive, he will be forced to withdraw from the tournament.
US Open will be the first Grand Slam event that will take place after the things started to ease down after the Covid-19 pandemic which will be followed by French Open in September and Wimbledon 2020 is already been canceled.
The players’ contingent at this year’s US Open will be led by world number one Novak Djokovic but his other two rivals and compatriots; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be absent from the flushing meadows.
Players Not Playing In The US Open
Roger Federer had announced earlier that he will not participate in the rest of the season citing his knee injury and to fully recover to be ready for the 2021 season and try to win another Grand Slam and extend the lead from his rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal also said on his Twitter account that he has decided not to travel because of this pandemic and to remain safe he will remain in his hometown. Nick Kyrgios also stating he doesn't want to travel to America due to Covid-19. Fellow Australian and WTA Star Ash Barty will not play this year either!
Players Who Are Playing In Flushing Meadows
Other players that will accompany Djokovic include Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut. It will be a great opportunity for younger, upcoming, and low-ranked athletes to make a mark and reach the later stages of the event which will give them a healthy boost to their rankings as well as their finances.