The United States (US) open wheelchair competition will be organized September 10-13 in New York. According to details, the US Tennis Association USTA announced this after widespread criticism of its original cancellation.
The event will be played at the National Tennis Center during the final four days of the Grand Slam tournament on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.
USTA said that Men’s and women’s singles and doubles and quad singles and doubles events will be contested with similar field sizes to past events.
The move came after the USTA was accused of discrimination for calling off the event due to the novel coronavirus pandemic when announcing its plans to stage the US Open as scheduled in New York starting August 31, also without qualifying or mixed doubles.
The tournament will get underway from August 31 to Sept. 13 at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.
The United States Tennis Association issued a statement saying it’s excited New York approved its plan to hold the tournament on time.
“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,” Mike Dowse, USTA CEO, said in a statement.
USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said, “We’re ready to move forward as long as we get all the approvals we need,”