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US Open shuns alternative venues for closed event in New York

Getty ImagesThe organisers of the US Open tennis tournament are pushing ahead with plans to stage the event on its scheduled dates and at its traditional venue despite continuing uncertainty in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Stacey Allaster, chief executive for professional tennis at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), revealed to the Associated Press that plans for the tournament are “still fluid”, but that organisers are considering multiple scenarios and a revised operational plan amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. This year’s US Open main draw is due to take place between 31st August and 13th September at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.  Recent reports suggested the USTA was exploring the possibility of relocating the tournament, with venues in Florida and California mooted as potential replacements. Last month, however, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that live sporting events can take place in the state without spectators. The USTA is now in talks with city, state and federal authorities, and is expected to make an official announcement in late June.

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