Tournament officials for the Western & Southern Open have released an official statement for the status of their 2020 tournament.
Here is the official update:
“The 2020 Western & Southern Open will now be held in New York City at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and will take place August 20 – 28. Spectators will not be permitted.“
This was the first big announcement, the Western & Southern Open will not be held in its usual city of Cincinnati, but rather in New York. Additionally, fans won’t be allowed into the tournament. The release would go on to read:
“The Western & Southern Open team worked through multiple scenarios with the USTA, ATP Tour, WTA, a team of medical advisors, as well as government officials to ensure that our tournament is safe for players and tournament personnel. Ultimately, it was decided that a single venue playing host to multiple events was the best way to mitigate as much risk as possible, so our tournament will be held at the site of the US Open prior to that event taking place.“
Hearing this part of the release was a relief, since some other tournaments have not worked well with other organizations to find out the best possible scenario. In addition to this, they announced that the draw size will change.
“There will be no change to the draw sizes for the 2020 tournament. The player field entries will be based on the rankings which been frozen since March. The Western & Southern Open will utilize Grandstand at the National Tennis Center as it’s primary show court, with match play occurring on additional other outside courts. The US Open will follow the W&S Open at the facility and begin on August 31.“
The COO of the tournament, Katie Hass, also released a statement. Here it is:
“The international nature of tennis is one of its greatest assets. However, this international aspects also creates challenges in restarting the tour seasons. Last year, we hosted players representing 47 nations at the Western & Southern Open. With continued restrictions on international travel and quarantine guidelines, hosting the W&S Open in a controlled environment at the National Tennis Center provides the greatest chance of restarting tennis worldwide. While we will miss welcoming our player field to Cincinnati, we are privileged to be able to bring both tours together for the first combined event.”
If you would like to read more on the tournament or view their questions and answers section, here is their official website.
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