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US Open to go ahead as scheduled without fans, says Andrew Cuomo

Getty ImagesUS Open will be held from 31st August to 13th September Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal air concerns over participationThe US Open tennis tournament will go ahead as scheduled in late August behind closed doors, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed. The hard-court grand slam is set to be held at Flushing Meadows between 31st August and 13th September and would be the first major tournament to be held after the coronavirus pandemic. The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body that organises the event, has also confirmed the Western & Southern Open, usually held in Cincinnati, will also be held at Flushing Meadows in the lead up to the US Open. Cuomo tweeted: 'The @usopen will be held in Queens, NY, without fans from 31st August to 13th September. 'The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation. 'What guise the tournament takes remains to be seen as the world’s top players may not be in New York.

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