The US Tennis Association lately on Thursday announced that fans will be barred from watching the upcoming US Open this year over COVID-19 concerns in the United States. As the United States of America still gets affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the upcoming US Open have said that this decision was strictly taken and made after having a meeting with the New York Health officials, as the ongoing pandemic has affected the entire globe, with severe precautions and safety.
United States Tennis Association has said in the following statement “After consulting with local health authorities and the US Open medical team, it was determined that it was the right decision to ensure the health and safety of all, as they will take care of all the safety precautions and ensure that the tournament kicks off with a full swing.” From 30th August, the officials are allowing full 100% capacity seating from the main draw event starting at Flushing Meadows.
The organisers of the US Open also added by saying due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols and rules, there is been a severe lack of indoor space at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Cente which will be felt during the qualifying rounds as the greatest players will be there on-site. They later also added by saying many of the players facilities like dining, training and recreational facilities have also been removed outdoors towards the grounds of the NTC into public areas for the week of Qualifying.
US Open have also officially announced a statement by saying “After consulting with local health authorities and the US Open medical team, it was determined that the 2021 Qualifying Tournament will not be open for fans to attend.”
After consulting with local health authorities and the US Open medical team, it was determined that the 2021 Qualifying Tournament will not be open for fans to attend
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 12, 2021
While also deciding to ban spectators from seeing the qualifying rounds they also added “With that, there is not enough room to allow fans to access the site while still ensuring player and fan safety,” as it kicks off from 24-27th August. The main US Open Tournament starts from August 30th till September 13nd.