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US Open Still Planning for August 31 start – Organisers

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The tennis season is on hold until late July at the earliest due to the outbreak, with the entirety of the regular clay and grass swings having been cancelled.

 

Wimbledon will not take place for the first time since the Second World War, but there are hopes the French Open can be played in late September.

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There had been significant fears that the US Open would also fall victim to the disease, with New York the hardest hit area of the USA, which has reported over 2,000,000 cases and 115,000 deaths.

Nonetheless, tournament organisers are planning to push ahead for a start as soon as August and are hoping to make an announcement soon.

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“We’re following each step in the [restart] procedure in the great hope that we can announce that the 2020 US Open will be played in its regularly scheduled date,” Chris Widmaier, the USTA’s director of communications, told ESPN.

“We hope to make an announcement in the very near future.”

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It has been suggested that each player will have only one person in their entourage. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have both expressed scepticism about the plans, with WTA world No 1 Ashleigh Barty also insisting that it would be inappropriate to play while there are significant safety fears.

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‘Novak Djokovic has a big chance to get back in the Grand Slam race,’ says analyst

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The Australian Open will provide Novak Djokovic with ‘a big chance’ to get him back into the Grand Slam race, says Radmilo Armenulić.

The world number one lost ground to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month with the Spaniard beating him in the final to win his 20th Grand Slam and draw him level with Roger Federer on the all-time list.

Djokovic, by comparison, is on 17, but he has a supreme record in Melbourne, and former Serbia Davis Cup captain Armenulić has warned against writing him off just yet.

“There are many stories that the Grand Slam will not be played in Australia, which is Novak’s great chance for a new, 18th Grand Slam title, which would completely return him to the race,” Armenulić told alo.rs.

“If the tournament still takes place, which we all hope, the least Novak will do is settle with Federer in terms of the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list.

“Nole is already warming up for such a scenario, I see that he will play in Vienna, win that tournament and calmly wait for the end of the season.

“I am sure that Novak has already recovered from the crisis, while Nadal will only be able to endanger him at the Masters in Paris.”

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