US open: No set guidelines for calling off US Open in case of COVID-19 outbreak | Tennis News
In response to a 10½-page ‘Participant Q&A Replace’ despatched out this week by the USTA, “There aren’t any pointers obtainable to find out what quantity (of optimistic checks) will compel” the cancellation of the US Open or the event that can precede it at Flushing Meadows this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Western & Southern Open, often held in Cincinnati, is slated for the laborious courts on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart from August 20-28, adopted by the US Open from August 31 to September 13. No spectators can be allowed at both event.
Because the USTA is moved ahead, gamers are saying withdrawals due to the pandemic.
No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, a 2019 US Open semifinalist, and No. 7 Kiki Bertens of Netherlands wrote on social media on Friday that they will not be in New York.
They be part of a rising record of absentees that already included the No. 1-ranked lady, Ash Barty; the defending males’s champion, Rafael Nadal; and others reminiscent of Stanislas Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios.
Bertens cited considerations about needing to quarantine when returning to Europe for clay-court tournaments in Rome and Paris which are scheduled for after the US Open.
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Gamers have requested the USTA to supply a transit letter that may enable them to bypass a quarantine interval when going from New York to Europe.
USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier stated Friday his group and its representatives are in contact with the WTA, ATP, the French tennis federation and authorities officers in Italy and France in regards to the subject.
“We’re assured that working with this prolonged group, we can get the assurances the gamers would really like,” Widmaier wrote in an e mail.
Among the many coronavirus-related protocols defined on this week’s USTA replace for gamers: Gamers and company — as much as three per entrant in singles — should cross two coronavirus nasal swab checks 48 hours aside after arriving, though they’re allowed to go to the event website if the primary check comes again detrimental.
“We anticipate outcomes can be returned in 24 hours or much less,” the USTA doc says.
Antibody checks are inspired, however not required. Those that check optimistic for antibodies will take follow-up COVID-19 checks each seven days; these with detrimental outcomes for antibodies — or who aren’t checked — should take COVID-19 checks each 4 days for the remainder of their time within the “bubble.”
Gamers want written permission from event director Stacy Allaster or the chief medical officer to go away the “bubble” established for each occasions at Flushing Meadows — in any other case, they will be fined and kicked out of the competitors. If coaches or company exit the “bubble,” they will lose their 2020 credential and never be allowed to get one subsequent yr.
Apart from two official accommodations for gamers and their company, there can be personal housing obtainable for hire. Anybody staying there’ll endure the identical preliminary testing procedures after which will want additional nasal swabs each 4 days, the USTA stated, “except the medical crew determines in any other case.”
Gamers staying at rental properties have to have — and pay for — 24-hour safety, and the USTA “have to be supplied with entry to the exterior safety egress and ingress info at some point of the time within the personal housing.” AP