The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said fans and players would expect the US Open to start on Monday despite the easing of the Cowboys 19 restrictions, when attendance would be crowded.
A year ago, the tournament barred fans from participating, while players could face possible fines and expulsions if they exited the tournament’s “bubble” without written consent because they had to relocate from New York City to Long Island residences. I was largely isolated.
This year, they will once again be able to dine in Manhattan restaurants and roam freely outside their hotel rooms, the home plate at the New York Mets game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Cincinnati Masters winner Alexander Xavier Will enjoy the seats behind.
Players must submit to the Coveted 19 Tests upon arrival in New York, but have not been instructed to quarantine awaiting results.
About 70 percent of New York City’s population has been vaccinated, said tournament director Stacey Alaster, and organizers believe the event will be held safely.
“We’ve heard and cleared the mental health of the players over the last 12 months, the loneliness in the bubbles was important, to give them some flexibility,” Alastair said.
The biggest change for players and organizers is the return of fans to Flushing Meadows, which was extremely quiet in 2020.
USTA CEO Mike Dawsey said his return meant millions more in USTA revenue, a خ 180 million budget deficit in 2020 that led to the hosting of the tournament without spectators. ۔
“We made tough decisions last year,” Dawsey said. “There was a significant reduction in the salaries of our national staff, we reduced the national organization by 23%. We put it in our reservoir.
New York City’s professional sports teams began welcoming spectators a month ago, with the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets opening their doors to fans in February.
Fans at the Billy Jane King National Tennis Center will not be required to show proof of vaccination or wear a mask outside.
“We still rely on the goodwill of the people. Unsafe, even if it’s not going to be enforced, they really should wear masks,” said Brian Heinline.
“It’s like any other aspect of New York City. You go to a baseball game and make an informed decision.”
The guidance comes as some players, including world number one Novak Djokovic and French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, have said they are reluctant to be vaccinated.
But Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, both out of the US Open this year, have been vaccinated and are urging their teammates to follow suit.
The USTA said it did not know how many athletes had been vaccinated at the US Open.