US Open tennis tournament to be held without fans in August, Cuomo says

Gov. Cuomo gives go-ahead for US Open tennis in NY in August
Posted at 12:45 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 12:48:19-04

QUEENS — This year's U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held as scheduled in New York, but this year, there won't be any fans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

"The U.S. Open will be held in Queens, NY, without fans from August 31 to September 13," the governor tweeted. "The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing and transportation."

The U.S. Open is scheduled to run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It normally is each season’s fourth and final Grand Slam tournament but would be the second of 2020.

“It will be held without fans, but you can watch it on TV,” Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing.

The decision comes New York City and the rest of the state continue to reopen from lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Association had decided to go forward with its marquee event in New York City without spectators, pending an OK from the state.

Like many sports leagues, the professional tennis tours have been suspended since March because of COVID-19.

New York City, considered the epicenter of the coronavirus, has seen progress in its battle with COVID-19. As of Tuesday morning, the city has seen over 210,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the health department.