June 17 (UPI) — Girls’s tennis star Serena Williams mentioned Wednesday she is excited to play within the 2020 U.S. Open this summer time in New York, however some international tennis gamers have COVID-19-related considerations about enjoying within the event.
The ATP Tour and WTA Tour launched revised calendars Wednesday for the respective males’s and girls’s tennis seasons. The excursions have been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The WTA Tour will resume Aug. 3; the ATP Tour, Aug. 14.
“It is gonna be thrilling. It has been over six months since plenty of us have performed skilled tennis,” Williams mentioned throughout a information convention for the U.S. Open.
Each tennis excursions will compete within the Western & Southern Open from Aug. 21 to 28 in New York Metropolis. They’ll return to the identical venue on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart for the U.S. Open on Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
The tournaments will probably be performed with no followers in attendance.
“I am going to definitely miss the followers, do not get me flawed,” Williams mentioned. “Simply being on the market with that New York crowd and to hear everybody cheer, I am going to actually miss that in a few of these robust matches. However that is loopy; I am excited.”
Williams’ pleasure was not matched by some fellow tennis stars. Males’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal have expressed considerations about their security on the U.S. Open.
Girls’s world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep have expressed related considerations. Australian males’s tennis participant Nick Kyrgios on Monday referred to as the United States Tennis Affiliation “egocentric” for his or her determination to proceed with the U.S. Open.
“I am going to get my hazmat swimsuit prepared for after I journey from Australia after which have to quarantine for 2 weeks on my return,” Kyrgios tweeted.
U.S. Open officers mentioned Wednesday that gamers will make their ultimate selections whether or not to play within the U.S. Open two or three weeks earlier than the event.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Tuesday that the USTA will use “extraordinary precautions” to defend opponents. These precautions will embrace testing, cleansing, social distancing and protected lodging.
The 2020 U.S. Open is not going to embrace qualifying for the singles draw and the doubles discipline will shrink by 50 %, down to 32 groups from 64 on the boys’s and girls’s circuits.
The French Open is the subsequent Grand Slam on the schedule, deliberate to begin Sept. 27 in Paris.
Nadal received the 2019 U.S. Open males’s singles ultimate. Canadian Bianca Andreescu received final yr’s girls’s singles ultimate. Williams has six U.S. Open singles titles.