The pro australian tennis Nick Kyrgios has criticized the american Association of tennis as “selfish” Monday after it announced that it would go ahead with the US Open in New York in late August.
Kyrgios turned to Twitter to criticize the decision, which will force the players to adhere to the guidelines of the quarantine strict to participate.
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“… people who live in the United States, of course, grow the Open to go forward, ” read her tweet. “”Selfish” , I will prepare my combination of protection against hazardous materials when I’m traveling to Australia, then I will have to put me in quarantine for my return. ”
Other strong players such as Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty, and the defending champion Rafael Nadal, have expressed reservations about the direction of Flushing Meadows, where the tennis facility in the room was used as a temporary residence for hundreds of hospital beds at the height of the crisis of the coronavirus of the city. .
The US Open is normally the fourth and last Grand Slam tournament of each season, but it would be the second in 2020, after the Australian Open, which ended in early February.
The French Open has been postponed from may and should now begin a week after the end of the US Open. Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second world War in 1945.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed on Tuesday that the big tennis event would go ahead as planned but with some important changes.
“We are delighted to be the US Open, (which) will be held in Queens, from 31 August to 13 September. It will run without fans, but you can watch it on tv – and I’ll take that, ” said Cuomo during his briefing daily to Albany. “The authorities in tennis are going to take precautions extraordinary, but it will happen. ”
The plan of the USTA includes an entourage of limited players, hotels assigned, a cleaning increased on the ground of the tournament, an extra space in the locker rooms, temperature controls daily and occasional testing for COVID-19.
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There would be no qualification for the simple and probably field sizes for the doubles. The players whose rankings would have placed in the qualification rounds allowing some men and women to gain access to the sweepstakes in single to 128 players will be offset by funds that the USTA will pay to the tournaments ATP and WTA to distribute.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.