US Open to be played at Flushing Meadows with COVID tests, according to USTA chief
New scenarios being considered for the 2020 US Open including charter flights, COVID-19 tests and daily temperature checks
Last Updated: 01/06/20 12:19pm
United States Tennis Association (USTA) chief executive Stacey Allaster says plans are in place for this year's US Open to go ahead at Flushing Meadows in New York.
All sanctioned competition has been suspended by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation since March and is on hold until late July.
But a number of different scenarios are being considered for the Grand Slam in New York should it go ahead as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Charter flights to ferry players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York are being looked into as are negative COVID-19 tests before travelling.
Centralised housing, daily temperature checks, no spectators, fewer on-court officials and no locker-room access on practice days could also be made compulsory in order to curb the threat of the virus.
The USTA also have plans to expand their locker rooms area by taking in the indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York's coronavirus outbreak.
"We continue to be, I would say, 150 per cent focused on staging a safe environment for conducting a US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on our dates," said Allaster.
"The idea of an alternative venue, an alternative date. We've got a responsibility to explore it, but it doesn't have a lot of momentum."
Allaster added that if the board decide to go ahead with the tournament, it will be played in its usual spot on the calendar from August 31 until September 13.
The French Open was postponed from May to September with Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since 1945.
An announcement on whether the US Open will go ahead or not is expected to be made between mid to late June.