Simona Halep doesn't plan to play US Open but leaves door open


"We would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week", Djokovic said.

NY was, at one point, the coronavirus epicenter in the U.S. - a facility housing indoor courts at the U.S. Open's site in Queens was used as a field hospital with hundreds of beds at the height of the crisis - but cases have dropped significantly and the city has started reopening.

Defending men's champion Rafael Nadal and both No. 1-ranked players, Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty, have expressed varying levels of concern about heading to NY.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the USTA would take "extraordinary precautions" to protect players, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated accommodation.

The Times said it's unclear how many players will participate.

The Australian Open is the only grand slam event to have been played so far this year.

"I'll take that", he said.

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The association also issued a statement, stating it's excited NY approved the plan to hold the tournament as scheduled. One will be paid for by the USTA and one by the player.

It looks like the doubles field will be reduced and there will be no junior events this summer in NY, as the organizers keep the focus on the singles players.

"Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not now plan to play in NYC", Halep said.

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will also be responsible for holding the 2020 Western and Southern Open, which was scheduled to be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Oh., from August 15 to 23 before the tournament was relocated to the USTA.

Attendance is a crucial component of that revenue and makes up most of the organization's $161 million in ticket revenue.

US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster had said organizers have been trying to figure out how to "engage fans virtually", making it unlikely that fans or at least large groups of fans will be allowed to attend.

No professional tennis tournaments have been held since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the sport's calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will extend until August.