Canadian doubles specialist Gabriela Dabrowski has hit out on the choice to go forward with this yr’s U.S. Open, saying that regardless of strict well being protocols will probably be “not possible” to guard gamers in a bio-secure bubble all through the occasion.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated Tuesday the US Tennis Affiliation would take “extraordinary precautions” to guard gamers from COVID-19, together with sturdy testing, extra cleansing, further locker room house and devoted lodging.
The occasion will go forward as initially scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 with out followers.
“It’s IMPOSSIBLE to manage and implement a bubble state of affairs the place gamers solely transfer from the lodge to the venue and again,” Dabrowski, who has received the Australian Open and the French Open blended doubles titles, stated on Twitter.
“We do not know who gamers will come into contact with and people who do not obey put everybody else within the match at RISK.”
Reviews in U.S. media and tennis publications say the USTA had determined to remove qualifying, halve the doubles draw to 32 pairings and drop the blended doubles match altogether.
Dabrowski, 28, stated many gamers have been uncomfortable about travelling to the U.S. because of the coronavirus state of affairs and have been involved about having to endure a number of COVID-19 exams on the occasion.
Others had expressed disappointment they’d be unable to compete due to the streamlined match, she added.
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Do not wager on world No. 2 Halep enjoying
Girls’s world No. 2 Simona Halep is “extremely unlikely” to play at Flushing Meadows because of the protocols, a spokeswoman for the Romanian instructed Reuters.
“If the circumstances are as set out on paper for U.S. Open, as Simo [Halep] has been constant in saying, it is extremely unlikely she is going to play,” a spokeswoman for the Romanian instructed Reuters.
Halep’s coach Darren Cahill had instructed Reuters final week the protocols have been “extremely tough” and would most likely not work for the two-times Grand Slam winner.
In accordance with Dabrowski, the absence of a qualifying and smaller doubles draw will increase the shortage of parity in tennis.
“For me, a Slam is not a Slam with out qualifying, doubles, and blended doubles,” she stated. “It leaves a nasty style in my mouth when so many gamers are in opposition to this occasion shifting ahead, and but it’s shifting ahead anyway. One thing simply would not really feel proper right here.”
Serena Williams, Isner excited to get again on courtroom
Serena Williams is planning to play within the 2020 U.S. Open.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion stated in a video proven in the course of the U.S. Tennis Affiliation’s match presentation Wednesday that she “can not wait to return” to New York for the foremost championship she has received six occasions.
The 38-year-old American was the runner-up in Flushing Meadows every of the previous two years.
The U.S. Open usually is the fourth and closing Grand Slam match of every season. Will probably be held with out spectators from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, making or not it’s the second main of 2020, following the Australian Open, which concluded in early February.
The USTA additionally acquired help for its choice from fellow American John Isner.
“Properly executed @usta for being so ahead considering in getting this executed. Time to get again on the courts!” he stated on Twitter.