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US Open Gets Green Light

The United States Tennis Association will be stage the 2020 US Open in New York City but without spectators.


“We’re excited about the US Open, (which) is going to be held in Queens, Aug. 31 through Sept. 13. It will be held without fans, but you can watch it on TV — and I’ll take that,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily briefing in Albany. “The tennis authorities are going to be taking extraordinary precautions, but that’s going to take place.”


Professional tennis tours have been suspended since March because of the Corona COVID-19 virus outbreak, cancelling more than 40 events around the world including popular events like Indian Wells, Miami Open, Rome, Monte Carlo, Queens Club, Madrid, Newport and Wimbledon (Roland Garros will be played in Paris one week after the US Open.)


“We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State have today approved our plan to host the 2020 US Open,” Mike Dowse, USTA chief executive officer and executive director, said in a statement. “We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis’ top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport.”

The tournament will be different. There will be no qualifying tournament, and doubles draws will be abbreviated. Mixed doubles will be cancelled as well as junior events.

Several elite champions may skip the US Open – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios have expressed hesitation to compete in New York. And the word is many other higher ranked players also feel reluctant to compete.

The shape, scope and energy for this US Open will be completely different, with no fans allowed inside the grounds to inspire and excite the players to their highest levels of performance.

For a change, it will be pure tennis at this US Open and it’s possible some different players will rise to the occasion and benefit from the strange atmospheres they will encounter inside empty arenas in Grandstand, Ashe Stadium and Armstrong Stadium.

Fans always inspire the best tennis from players – consider how many players graciously thank fans for support and most players openly try to generate vocal crowd support any chance they get.

But some of the best tennis I’ve ever seen was out on practice courts with nobody watching, such as Marcelo Rios and Hicham Arazi playing a set at US Open on court 12. Or Yoshihito Nishioka in a total fierce war with Peter Polansky in just practice tiebreakers in Delray Beach last year.

So as odd as it may sound, the absence of tennis fans at the 2020 US Open could in some ways enhance the quality of tennis, for some players at least.

The TV ratings will be interesting to follow. With other major pro sports on the shelf, tennis has the opportunity to attract many new casual fans. TV ratings could go through the roof.

There are so many intriguing factors about the 2020 US Open. Hopefully, New York City will be able to stage this event with sufficient security and safety, without any concerns about rioting and looting and protests.

34 comments

  • JohnnyTD · June 16, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Now that it got the green light many will change their minds imo, it would be foolish of Djokovic for example not to play it, it’s almost like a free slam, Nadal needs lots of practice to get ready for a tourney like this, Djokovic needs less and he just got a good training at the Adria tour, it’s safe to say he will be fitter for the USO, also the lack of the crowd who bullied him on a few occasions may also help him, even though some are of the opinion that the crowd’s hostility actually boosts Djokovic’ performance.

  • Jon King · June 17, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I bash the USTA plenty but credit where it is due. They are doing the best they can do to host the two tournaments in NY.

    Also, USTA Florida announced the return of junior tournaments in July. Kids will check in via cell phone so no need for a tournament desk. Players will get a text when to report to their court for the match. Following the match, players report the score via cell phone.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Johnnytd, Djokovic says he turns the crowd cheering his opponent to pretending they are for him. So he has fixed that issue. Nadal may sacrifice US Open and go all in on going for another French Open. Play the knee card to bypass US Open and rest up for Paris where he will have an edge on Djokovic and everybody else.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 8:59 am

    There is still a lot of video cases of left violence and physical attacks on whites and Trump supporters. USTA must make sure this does not happen at or around the grounds of US Open.

  • JohnnyTD · June 17, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Wertheim tweeted that he heard from multiple sources that Serena is likely to play. He also wrote that if the USTA could get another big star, most likey Djokovic, it would be a win. It’s interesting he named Djokovic, he didn’t mention sources like with Serena though.

    Halep said she wouldn’t play the USO, that’s not a surprise, she skipped Rio in 2016 because of the Zika virus.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Getting a strong sense that this could be a perfect set up to get Serena the record. Last year Quang Wang rolled over for Serena 0 and 1 and Svitolina booked her flight to China BEFORE her SF match with Serena, a fact she disclosed at her post match press conference. I could see such favorable moves happening for Serena at this US OPen too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Serena is the heavy favorite to win the US Open IMO.

  • Jon King · June 17, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    NYPD, homeland security, FBI have become experts at security since 9-11. The US Open will be the most secure place around. Same with NBA at ESPN Wide World of Sports Center, total security.

    Its all about money. Major events such as the US Open and NBA bubbles will have epic security because those events make money.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    JOn, I’m seeing too many videos of blacks punching and attacking innocent whites, even black woman attacking white mothers with a baby, black five years olds bullying white 5 year old, the black in brooklyn pushing down the 92 year old, the black punching the white guy in the department store, All this week. The media ignores all black on white crime/violence. ALL. Because it does not fit the agenda. This has to be a concern during us open. Random violence and terrorism. Tennis is considered a white sport, like a Trump rally. Hopefully there will be no trouble at US Open or in NYC during the Open.

  • JohnnyTD · June 17, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    “Iโ€™m seeing too many videos of blacks punching and attacking innocent whites, even black woman attacking white mothers with a baby, black five years olds bullying white 5 year old, the black in brooklyn pushing down the 92 year old, the black punching the white guy in the department store, All this week. The media ignores all black on white crime/violence. ALL. Because it does not fit the agenda.”

    It’s the white lefty twitter generation too. They vandalized Churchill’s statue even here in Budapest, the remarkable thing about this is that we don’t have blacks here (a few foreign students, very low number who won’t stay here) we don’t even have a decent lefty TV left in this country, our government killed them all, so it can’t be said CNN type channels, etc dumbed down people because there’s only right wing propaganda from the TV, but the international lefty social media is so strong they brainwashed some people/triggered the nutters even here, pictures of the statue:

    https://mandiner.hu/cikk/20200617_megrongaltak_churchill_budapesti_szobrat_is

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    The black hatred of whites is totally incited and fueled by anti white agendas by the media. It’s out of control. These videos I see on twitter or horrifying. To see 3 black five year olds bullying and punching a little white girl is beyond sick. The media is the virus and the enemy of the people. I’m going to keep saying it with a fist clenched and ready for action. This anti white barbarianism has to change.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm

  • JohnnyTD · June 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    “The black hatred of whites is totally incited and fueled by anti white agendas by the media. Itโ€™s out of control. These videos I see on twitter or horrifying. To see 3 black five year olds bullying and punching a little white girl is beyond sick. The media is the virus and the enemy of the people. Iโ€™m going to keep saying it with a fist clenched and ready for action. This anti white barbarianism has to change.”

    It’s both anti white and anti black… It’s keeping the blacks in mental slavery. Often they call white working class people wound collectors and mocking them: You white loser, you unlucky cuck without talent have to work in 3 jobs to make ends meet. They have successfully turned blacks into wound collectors too, with the slavery thing, mainstream media are pushing these gangsta rap bands which promote criminal lifestyle when there are awesome black blues/jazz artists, the top of the world for blacks in the USA is being some stud basketball/NFL player or very few of them can become puppets in politics.

    If you look at blacks outside of the USA you see many who are totally unlike USA blacks. In Nigeria there are for example lots of excellent black programmers. In the USA blacks don’t even see something like that as a way of life because they get only crap from the media.

  • Jon King · June 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Ha, I guess that was meant as a joke Scoop? Have you ever been around kids from ages 2 through 7? I have as a parent, uncle, neighbor, camp counselor. Thats typical behavior of kids that age, teasing, pushing, pinching. 6 year olds picking on the 2 or 3 year olds. Its a constant battle that any parent or camp person knows. You lose your voice yelling at the older kids to knock it off.

    There was nothing racial. No slurs, nothing. The boy holding the camera says “little kid” one time. Those girls actually treated the little one like a little sister. That is how kids ages 5-7 act all day long.

    But all the hundreds of videos through the years of white kids calling gays names, teasing Muslims and Jews, using racial slurs….actually being racist….that somehow misses that twitter feed.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    Jon, the TV media will not show that video, but if it was white kids harassing a lil lone black kid it would be a national event and the poor lil lone black kid would become a national hero like Trayvon Martin and George Floyd. For sure. The anit white media agenda has to be stopped.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Right Johnnytd, they are using blacks, they only care about blacks in election years. Nothing is being done about the out of control black on black murder rates in Chicago. Mainstream media does not care about hyping black on black crime in Chicago, not part of the victimization agenda.

  • Jon King · June 17, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    No Scoop, that was a video of normal kids playing like normal kids do. White, black, hispanic, Asian, all kids that age play like that all the time. The only racists are you guys who tried to take an innocent video out of context for your sick purposes.

    The rest of us have joined together in unity against white supremacists. Trump has done more in the past 3 weeks to unite all but his wacked out base than anyone could have hoped for. At least the moron served some purpose.

    Its looking like your boy Trump will be tried for treason after his term is up. It is quite a dark day for America when our 45st President will spend the rest of his days in Leavenworth for crimes against America. Trump is fully owned and operated by China and Russia.

    The NY District attorney likely also will charge Jared, Ivanka, Jr, Eric Trump once the term is up. Its quite likely the entire Trump family, with the exception of the paid escort posing as his wife and Baron, will be in jail quite soon.

    The big question is which wing of prison does Jared get assigned to since many people are saying he is actually a trans women.

  • JohnnyTD · June 18, 2020 at 12:32 am

    “Trump is fully owned and operated by China and Russia.”

    That is totally incorrect.

    Trump is owned and operated by Israel. That is why he has no power.

    A Trump – Russia/USA-Russia alliance would be the best for right wing Americans. Trump would actually get support from Putin and Russia in general to stomp riots like these early.

    But he’s owned by Israel, his support for Israel’s territorial expansion, his zionist son in law and his agenda are the proof.

    Most Trump supporters are hostile to Russia, cause of ingrained cold war propaganda, cause of this and that. They should think a bit more, Russia would be a great ally.

    Who are the USA’s allies? Countries like Israel and the zionist England led Britain, countries who don’t care about America’s interests. That’s why Trump is so powerless against the troublemakers or even his zionist-infiltrated useless party in the USA.

  • JohnnyTD · June 18, 2020 at 3:15 am

    Trump is actually more hostile to Russia and China than the democrats were, the democrats were just mouthing about China but Trump started a trade war he’s going to lose. He’s hostile to Germany too, tried to boss them early not to do business with Iran, now he wants to withdraw 9500 troops from Germany because they didn’t put enough money in NATO and because the EU is getting cheap gas from Russia and is upgrading that source with Nord Stream 2. And let’s not forget, Germany’s 5G network will be built by Huawei. So this was just a useless hostile gesture from Trump, the EU doesn’t need those troops, the EU already has plans for its own army, Trump is undemining NATO too cause he’s abusing it to bully its allies.

    So Trump is alienating existing and potential useful allies, that will leave America with who? Israel and the commonwealth? lol….

    The American right needs a new, clean right wing party, something like the AfD in Germany. It would be hard to pull it off, especially in the USA, probably even impossible but it’s necessary to try because the republicans are totally useless, the democrats are destroying America too. America needs a clean leader with no bad connections and bad family, someone who can really represent the interests of the American people.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 18, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Jon you failed to downplay the black racism in that video against the helpless outnumbered white girl as the black mother videotaped it and allowed it. Shameful attempt on your part.

    โ€œThe banks will deprive the people of all property, until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.โ€ โ€” Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of US

    โ€œHistory records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.โ€ โ€” James Madison

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 18, 2020 at 8:21 am

    USA should cut the $40b aid to Israel because we need it here first and foremost. Is it illegal to say America First?

  • Jon King · June 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Agree JohnnyTD on the need for a new party. This system is hopelessly broken. Lobbyists literally write our laws.

  • JohnnyTD · June 18, 2020 at 11:24 am

    “USA should cut the $40b aid to Israel because we need it here first and foremost.”

    Or support Children of the Rainbow with it ๐Ÿ˜‚

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzNdMr1Rm9Q

    A bit of humour in these stressful times ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • JohnnyTD · June 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 18, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Good prep for French open. I predict Djokovic sweeps both.

  • Jon King · June 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Bye Scoop, have a nice life. Once you start editing comments, later.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 18, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Stop slandering the President of the United States with fake news lies and defamation. I won t allow it and will delete bs fake allegations immediately.

  • JohnnyTD · June 19, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Jesus guys, come on…

    TBH i read about what Jon wrote in the first half of his post on an American right wing site, a totally non-mainstream one ๐Ÿ˜€

    That was nothing rad imo, most leaders are corrupt, Putin too, he’s just running his country quite well (considering how badly things are going everywhere).

    The prime minister of my country is a big thief too, more corrupt than the average ๐Ÿคท

    Jon please don’t go anywhere, we, pre-twitter tennis sceners have to stick together.

    TBH i came out of lurking here because i love this site and i saw before that Andrew Miller and some others bashing the site and calling for its closure, i wanted to show support. I would have posted before but often i’m too chatty and i’m not a really good writer. I already mentioned we were on a forum with Scoop before and i really liked his posts, both tennis and political ones.

    Jon your posts about tennis are awesome and there’s lots of cool info even in the political ones even though you know i don’t like the democrats and their agenda.

    About Trump, I hope he wins and starts draining the swamp for real in his second cyle, want to see antifa banned at last, he spoke about that many times but no action. He can’t afford another round of rioting in his second cycle for sure, he would lose even his most fanatical supporters. The economy should bounce back after covid goes away, we’ll see.

    There used to be some cool faces posting here, i remember a guy called Duke, he was also a big Trump supporter…

    Stressful but very interesting times, anyway, politicians come and go, we old tennis sceners should stick together..

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 19, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Jon has been desperate with his comments lately, some very good tennis comments but some odd ones, trying to link Djokovic to pedofile priests and Trump to being controlled by China and Russia which is utter media fabricated nonsense. Posting nonsense in comments will not be tolerated. Other than that Jon is a good commenter and he brings a good element to the site when he talks about tennis but disparaging the physical looks of Anisimova and Nakashima were cheap shots by Jon which he should not have made but we all say things that we should not at times.

  • Sam · June 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    ” I won t allow it and will delete bs fake allegations immediately.”

    Woo-hoo!! Show ’em who’s boss, Scoop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 19, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Sam. Jon has to be censored for lies and fake news like crazy harold. Jon shaming the looks of nakashima and Anisimova was disturbing. An adult should know better than to criticize the looks of teens.

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    NYC OUT OF CONTROL: Murders Up 79%, Shootings Up 64%, Burglaries Up 34% in May https://t.co/gi881mk32j

  • Sam · June 19, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    “Jon shaming the looks of nakashima and Anisimova was disturbing. An adult should know better than to criticize the looks of teens.”

    Oh, missed that one. How can you criticize somebody for something they have no control over?

    If someone is fat, I can understand maybe thinking that maybe they don’t have good self-discipline or something like that. But looks are just looks. Besides, Nakashima and Anisimova look okay to me.

  • JohnnyTD · June 20, 2020 at 12:37 am

    “But looks are just looks. Besides, Nakashima and Anisimova look okay to me.”

    Those girls look fine, especially Anisimova ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

  • Sam · June 28, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    “Those girls look fine, especially Anisimova ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ”

    Wait, isn’t Nakashima a dude? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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