USTA officials have taken a huge risk of staging the U.S.Open 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, Organizers have announced several strict protocols for this year’s event. Notably, The event will hold behind closed doors. However, the United States Tennis Association Revenue officer recently said that we have a possibility to invite a certain amount of front-line and health care workers as a fan.
Right now, the coronavirus pandemic comes under control in New York. As a consequence, the U.S. Open 2020 organizers bring an idea to honor the frontline and health care workers during the HardCourt Grand Slam event.
“If New York is still looking great in a month and a half, we may act opportunistically,” says Lew Sherr, chief revenue officer of the USTA said to ESPN.
“You might see us invite some number of frontal-line workers, health care workers, and their families. It’s a possibility that we’ve talked about, but nobody has put pencil to paper on it” Lew added.
“The Health And Safety Of The Players And Staff Come First” In U.S.Open 2020 – Lew Sherr
The US Open to take place from 31st August to 13th September at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York. Moreover, Six-time U.S.Open Champion Serena Williams and defending champion Bianca Andreescu have confirmed their participation in Flushing Meadows. On the other hand, World Number one Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, and Belinda Bencic still not yet ready to fly to the United States.
Lew Sherr believes that if the local government allows our plan, it will inject a little more energy into our fight against Coronavirus.‘If there’s an opportunity to do something nice to recognize folks that deserve it, we’ll be open to it. It will inject a little more energy, but the health and safety of the players and staff come first,’ Lew concluded.
A few other tournaments have planned to allow a minimum number of fans to watch the matches. In particular, the French Open organizers made announcements to allow 60% spectators into the stadium. The Czech WTA tournament Prague Open organizers decided to allow only 2000 spectators to stand.