Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday morning that the US Open tennis tournament will indeed take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens later this summer—but with no spectators in the stands.
“We’re excited about the U.S. Open, [which] is going to be held in Queens, August 31st through September 13th. It will be held without fans, but you can watch it on TV—and I’ll take that,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “The tennis authorities are going to be taking extraordinary precautions, but that’s going to take place.”
He later specified that those precautions will include “robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation.”
“We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State have today approved our plan to host the 2020 U.S. Open,” Mike Dowse, USTA chief executive officer and executive director, said in a statement. “We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis’ top athletes compete for a U.S. Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport.”