No set regulations for calling off US Open if COVID outbreak

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A player testing positive for COVID-19 will likely be dropped from the U.S. Open, however the U.S. Tennis Association has not established what number of manifested contributors would power the Grand Slam match to be known as off.

According to a 10½-page “Player Q&A Update” despatched out this week by the USTA, “There are no guidelines available to determine what number (of positive tests) will compel” the cancellation of the U.S.Open or the match that can precede it at Flushing Meadows this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Western & Southern Open, often held in Cincinnati, is slated for the arduous courts on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Aug. 20-28, adopted by the U.S. Open from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. No spectators will likely be allowed at both match.

As the USTA is strikes ahead, players are saying withdrawals due to the pandemic.

No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, a 2019 U.S. Open semifinalist, and No. 7 Kiki Bertens of Netherlands wrote on social media Friday that they received’t be in New York.They be a part of a rising listing of absentees that already included the No. 1-ranked lady, Ash Barty, the defending males’s champion, Rafael Nadal, and others corresponding to Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios.

Bertens cited issues about needing to quarantine when returning to Europe for clay-court tournaments in Rome and Paris which might be scheduled for after the U.S. Open.Players have requested the USTA to supply a transit letter that might enable them to bypass a quarantine interval when going from New York to Europe.

USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier stated Friday his group and its representatives are in contact with the WTA, ATP, the French tennis federation and govt officers in Italy and France in regards to the difficulty.

“We are confident that working with this extended group, we will be able to get the assurances the players would like,” Widmaier wrote in an electronic mail.

Among the coronavirus-related protocols defined on this week’s USTA reform for players: — Players and friends — as much as three per entrant in singles — should move two coronavirus nasal swab exams 48 hours aside after arriving, though they’re allowed to go to the match website if the primary check comes back negative. “We anticipate results will be returned in 24 hours or less,” the USTA doc says.

— Antibody exams are inspired, however not required. Those who check positive for antibodies will take follow-up COVID-19 exams each seven days; these with negative outcomes for antibodies — or who aren’t checked — should take COVID-19 exams each 4 days for the remainder of their time within the “bubble.” Players want written permission from match director Stacy Allaster or the chief medical officer to go away the “bubble” established for each occasions at Flushing Meadows — in any other case, they’ll be fined and kicked out of the competition. If coaches or friends exit the “bubble,” they’ll lose their 2020 credential and never be allowed to get one subsequent yr.

— Aside from two official motels for players and their friends, there will likely be non-public housing obtainable for lease. Anyone staying there’ll bear the similar preliminary testing procedures after which will want additional nasal swabs each 4 days, the USTA stated, “unless the medical team determines otherwise.”— Players staying at rental properties have to have — and pay for — 24-hour security, and the USTA “must be provided with access to the external security egress and ingress information for the duration of the time in the private housing.”

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