The 2020 US Open tennis event begins on Monday, August 31, 2020 (eight/31/20) with the primary spherical of the competitors at USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle in New York Metropolis, New York. The event concludes on Sunday, September 13, 2020 (9/13/20) with the lads’s ultimate.
Schedule of play (matchups, instances) will be discovered here because the event strikes alongside.
Right here’s what you might want to know:
What: 2020 US Open
When: Monday, August 31, 2020 – Sunday, September 13, 2020
The place: USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN / ESPN2
Preview of the event, by way of the Related Press:
In a yr not like another, prepare for a U.S. Open not like another.
“There was undoubtedly a degree the place, at first, I used to be like: There isn’t any method these tournaments may even occur,” Serena Williams stated about taking part in amid a pandemic.
Skilled tennis returned not too long ago from a hiatus of practically six months attributable to the coronavirus outbreak — and it will likely be again on considered one of its largest phases Monday, when Flushing Meadows begins internet hosting the primary Grand Slam matches for the reason that Australian Open led to February.
“There are going to be lots of people all over the world who assume we must always not play tennis, that no public gathering ought to occur. I perceive that totally. I actually do,” stated No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who caught COVID-19 in June throughout an exhibition tour he organized in Serbia and Croatia that didn’t mandate mask-wearing or social distancing.
“However, you recognize,” he continued, “I feel there additionally goes to be fairly lots of people which might be going to be pleased to see tennis preserve going.”
The U.S. Tennis Affiliation arrange what it calls a “managed surroundings.” Almost all gamers and their limited-to-three entourages are staying in two accommodations on Lengthy Island (eight gamers opted for personal housing at a price of $40,000). They’re barred from going to Manhattan.
There’s frequent testing for the coronavirus. One participant stated she received a nostril swab at 7 a.m., 4 hours earlier than a match on the Western & Southern Open, the hard-court event being held the week beforehand on the identical website used for the U.S. Open — it’s often performed in Ohio.
There are dozens of “social distance ambassadors” tasked with ensuring gamers and others are overlaying their mouths and noses and staying far sufficient aside.
“The protocols that they have are so intense,” stated Williams, who has handled blood clots and lung points. “It undoubtedly helps me to really feel protected.”
The U.S. Open historically ends the Grand Slam season however goes second in 2020, as a result of the French Open was postponed from Might till late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the primary time since World Conflict II.
“It’s been so lengthy,” stated Taylor Fritz, a Californian ranked 24th. “Everyone seems to be pumped as much as be again on the market.”
Effectively, not fairly everybody will probably be again on the market.
For one factor, there will be no spectators; greater than 700,000 attended final yr. That can change issues, particularly at 23,771-capacity Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Additionally lacking? A number of prime gamers, together with each 2019 champs: Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu.
Roger Federer is skipping the event, too, after two knee operations. The No. 1-ranked lady, Ash Barty, opted out due to the pandemic; in all, six of the top eight women withdrew.
“The sphere’s a bit of weaker than regular,” Fritz stated, “so there’s all the time a chance for a few folks to step up.”
That’s to not say all the star energy is gone.
Williams renews her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. The girl who beat her within the ultimate two years in the past, Naomi Osaka, can be entered.
Djokovic didn’t make up his thoughts about going till a few week earlier than flying to New York. He’s gained 5 of the previous seven Grand Slam trophies to get to 17, gaining on Federer’s males’s-record complete of 20 and Nadal’s depend of 19.
“It’s undoubtedly unusual to not have Federer and Nadal — not less than considered one of them,” Djokovic stated. “They are going to be missed, for sure, as a result of they’re who they’re, legends of our sport.”
One thing else absent: a robust sense of the place anybody’s sport stands.
That’s due to the shortage of competitors, even when there have been numerous unsanctioned exhibition matches all over the world (No. 2 Dominic Thiem, took that to an excessive, taking part in 28).
Riley Opelka, a 22-year-old based mostly in Florida who’s ranked 39th, provided this tackle exhibitions: “We’re skilled gamers. We play for cash, on the finish of the day. So when there’s an enormous examine on the road … and there’s extra incentives to win — there’s rankings, there’s factors — it’s completely different.”
Because it occurs, there’s rather less money on provide over the approaching two weeks.
The lack of ticket gross sales and hospitality suites — which had been turned over to seeded gamers — together with income sources similar to merchandise or meals and beverage contributed to a 6.7% decline in general participant compensation.
The singles champions will take residence $three million every, down from $three.85 million final yr.
(The Related Press contributed to this report.)