In an interview with Inside Tennis Magazine, United States Tennis Association executive director, Michael Dowse stated that the US Open could be moved to November at Indian Wells.
“Nothing is off the table,” Dowse said in the interview.
With the tournament not scheduled to start until August 24, Dowse assured people that no formal decision has been made yet.
“No formal decision has been made about Indian Wells,” Dowse added. “Whatever we do, we’ll have to do it in alignment with the owners of Indian Wells, and the ATP and the WTA.”
“All of us want the U.S. Open to happen and we are ready to help with increased (coronavirus) testing and to help players get in and out of the country,” Dowse said.
Considering that California will most likely lift its strict travel bans before New York, Indian Wells has a very good chance of hosting the US Open. If so, Indian Wells can sit approximately 16,000 people, so they would have a good amount of space to separate spectators.
Regardless of where the tournament is played, it will be a much different spectacle than many are used to. Dowse also stated that the USTA’s main priorities are the health of its athletes, staff, and fans, the good of the game, and the financial impact.
If the tournament is played in New York, it will likely be without fans.
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