The 2020 Western & Southern Open will be played in New York
Wed, Jun 17, 2020 12:00 AM
The United States Tennis Association confirmed Tuesday that the Western & Southern Open - held each August at Mason's Lindner Family Tennis Center - instead will be held this year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
The Western & Southern Open confirmed the news in a statement that said, "The Western & Southern Open will be staged at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York this year. We look forward to sharing more details about the plans for the 2020 tournament with a formal announcement Wednesday. Refund policies for ticket holders will also be released at that time."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier that the U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens without fans from August 31 to September 13.
USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mike Dowse issued the following statement, per usopen.org:
We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State have today approved our plan to host the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks.
We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis' top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport. Being able to hold these events in 2020 is a boost for the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape.
We will have more details and an official announcement tomorrow.
On Monday, The Associated Press reported that the USTA intends to hold the Grand Slam tournament in New York in August without spectators pending governmental support, and the Western & Southern Open usually held annually in Mason would move to Queens to replace U.S. Open qualifying.
The Western & Southern Open announced last week that CEO and tournament director Andre Silva is stepping down after accepting a position out of tennis.
Last month, the ATP and WTA extended their suspensions related to the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.
The New York Times previously reported that this move "could allow foreign players to remain in one place for the duration of their stay in the United States, and establish a safer bubble for competitors similar to proposals by the N.B.A. and other sporting leagues."