The Arthur Ashe Stadium will be the site of two tournaments this year: Western & Southern Open and the 2020 US Open.
Qualifying rounds for the W&S Open will be held on August 19th-20th and the main tournament will start on August 21st, 2020.
The US Open main draw play will commence on August 31st and end on September 13th, 2020 (as per it’s normal scheduled dates).
QUARANTINE ISSUES ADDRESSED
The players will be protected with testing upon arrival and periodically throughout the tournament. PPE (personal protective equipment) will be used when needed. There is a new hotel available for the players this year, the TWA Hotel. Hotels will be officially opened for the players on August 15th, 2020.
Two hotel rooms will be assigned to each player: one hotel room is the responsibility of each player and the other room will be paid for by the tournament (US Open). Each athlete will be permitted up to three additional guests of their choice. This is to maintain the physical distancing rules.
WILL THERE BE ENOUGH STAR POWER
“Star power may be missing, is that a concern?” There will be incredible star power and each athlete will decide if they will or will not play. USTA staff will discuss with each athlete and assure them that all will be done to ensure their safety.
Serena Williams has announced that “she is excited to be back in New York”, so expect to see.
THERE WILL BE NO FANS, play will be in a bubble.
CHAIR UMPIRES AS USUAL
There will not be a full complement of lines people and ball kids. The main stadium and Louis Armstrong stadium will have lines people, all other courts will use electronic means [Hawkeye live -this is new adaption to the changing times caused by the Covid-19 pandemic]. There will be ball boys and girls on each court.
UPHOLDING THE BUBBLE PRACTICES
There is a centralized plan to allow the athletes to come back to work and each person has a responsibility to play and work safely and comfortably. The athletes will be responsible to uphold the rules and regulation to maintain the safety of not only themselves, but also of everyone.
FIELD SIZE & WILD CARD ALLOCATIONS
120 direct entry into the main draw and 8 wild cards for the singles main draws of the US Open.
3-4 wild cards for the doubles main draws of the US Open and the W&S Open will follow their normal rules for wild card allocations.