US Open fears revealed with Wimbledon coronavirus cancellation announcement imminent
German tennis chief Dirk Hordorff admits he does not have ‘good feelings’ about the prospect of the US Open taking place.
The US Open is due to begin in five months time at Flushing Meadows in New York and has traditionally been the final Grand Slam of the year.
But the 2020 tennis calendar has been turned on its head due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
There is currently a suspension on all tennis in the ATP and WTA Tours until June 8.
That date marks the start of the grass-court season which concludes with Wimbledon on June 29.
However, Express Sport understands, it will be confirmed on Wednesday that Wimbledon will not take place this year and there will be no other grass events.
With the Tokyo Olympics already postponed for a year, the focus will then shift to the summer hard court season with events spread across North America.
But those tournaments may also now be in question because of the rapidly escalating coronavirus situation.
In New York, the death toll has exceeded 1,000 with more than 7,000 positive cases of Covid-19.
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With the worldwide nature of the sport, tennis faces a battle to resume at all this year regardless of the hopeful target dates.
And Hordorff, president of the German Tennis Federation, feels that without a cure for the coronavirus, the season is finished.
“[ATP chairman] Andrea Gaudenzi has always said it – the most important tournaments are those of the Grand Slam. We do our best to play. Then the Masters 1000. We will see,” Hordorff told French publication, L’Equipe.
“But at the moment it is not known when the season can resume. We don’t know if we can still play tennis in 2020.
“In my opinion, if you don’t find a vaccine or a cure, the season is over.
“Can you imagine people traveling from one part of the world to going to tennis tournaments? Spectators, players, coaches, physiotherapists, referees.
“At the moment there are more important things than tennis. For the US Open, you have to see what the situation will be like in New York. But I don’t have good feelings.
“We can hope for a season on clay on the dates following those of the US Open.
“Maybe in early September, or in mid-September, maybe in October. But it is impossible to know now what will happen.”
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