Unlike the US Open, the Open de Madrid and the French Open could be played with spectators. Mark Ein, owner of the Citi Open in Washington, did not rule out the possibility of having a limited number of fans. He said the tournament would work without any doubt this year, but argued that it was worth the sacrifice.
“I am often asked:” Why are we doing this? “”, He said. “I just think that the year has been so difficult in our world and in our community. I think it is something that people look forward to. It is a real honour to have this opportunity, but it is also a great responsibility. “
Ein said as the Citi Open, as the U. S. T. A. in New York, would create a controlled environment for the players and the staff with frequent tests and a limited number of people allowed on the site to reduce the risk of infection. Ein said that the players would travel independently from Washington to New York, just like international players are expected to arrive independently to the United States.
The officials of the US Open have shown that instead of using measures of monitoring or security, they rely on the players that are sufficiently wise not to venture out of the bubble and endanger the health of other people involved in the tournament.
“If they become infected, the way in which the cushion inner is, they will not be in physical contact with any of the other players,” Brian Hainline, U. S. T. A. vice-president, said of the measures of social distancing provided. “If someone shows up positive during the tournament, we are confident that the disease will not be propagated to other players because of the way everything has been developed and modeled. “
The two tours have agreements with tournaments to reduce the prices this season in order to compensate for the loss of income expected from ticket sales and sponsorships. Simon said that the reductions on the WTA tour ranged from 18% for the international events from low-level to over 32% for the mandatory events of the first plan such as Madrid. The tour of the men reversed this pattern, with its events Masters 1000 making price reductions in money proportionally smaller than the events of lower level.
Simon said that if the provisional calendar was true, the WTA Tour would have managed to play about “60 percent” of his calendar 2020 of origin.