The tournament doesn't intend to change its dates, but doesn't rule it outThe US Open has released a statement on its schedule with regard to the Cornavirus pandemic, which leaves room for the tournament to make changes if it deems necessary.
“The USTA is continuing to plan for the 2020 US Open and is not at this time implementing any changes to the schedule,” the tournament said in a statement.
“These are unprecedented times, though, and we are assessing all of our options, including the possibility of moving the tournament to a later date. At a time when the world is coming together, we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally, and therefore the USTA would only do so in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup.”
An update on the 2020 US Open. pic.twitter.com/YfhnsKdvBD
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) March 17, 2020
Earlier on Tuesday, the French Tennis Federation announced that it would be moving Roland Garros to a September 20 start date, which means that the tournament would begin just six days after the men’s singles final in New York.
Some, including Simona Halep's current coach Darren Cahill, took the opportunity to both praise the US Open and reprimand Roland Garros for today's decisions. Many believe that the FFT acted unilaterally in their decision to move Roland Garros.
This is a proper statement & position relating to a future tournament, unlike our friends at Roland Garros. Let's take a breath, take our time, of course try and protect the 4 Majors as a priority, but come together to work together as a whole. ATP, WTA, ITF and Majors be all in. https://t.co/1v84z90wU6
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) March 17, 2020
Oooooh the shade https://t.co/87Trr0CB6B
— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) March 17, 2020
But with the Coronavirus pandemic still growing across the globe, it is unknown which events will need to be rescheduled. There are currently over 197,000 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide, and the US has over 6,000
Earlier on Tuesday Wimbledon also released a statement, presumably in response to the Roland Garros news.
The AELTC is continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus situation, working closely with the government and relevant health authorities.
While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation.https://t.co/Tc4fSuPs9Z
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) March 17, 2020