6 Things to Know about the 2020 US Open

6 Things to Know about the 2020 US Open

In March, the USTA officially shut down all tennis-related activities. However, last week they announced that the 2020 US Open will take place in New York as scheduled, from August 31 to September 13.

It wasn't easy for us to find a quick breakdown of the changes, so we made one for you.

  1. 2 Events Combined. The Western & Southern Open, a precursor to the US Open typically hosted in Cincinnati, will also be hosted at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center starting on August 9th.

  2. No fans, limited guests. No surprise here–the event will only be viewable via television or live-stream. We are still waiting to hear how many player guests will be allowed on-site during matches, but players staying in tournament hotels can only bring 3 people. 
  3. COVID-19 Testing. Players will be tested upon arrival, then once per week. A positive test will result in isolation, contact tracing, and a retest to confirm the diagnosis. If confirmed, players will be forced to withdraw.
  4. Standard singles draw, reduced doubles draw. The singles draw will continue to have 128 players, but the men's and women's doubles draw will be reduced by 50% (32 teams instead of 64).
  5. No mixed doubles, qualifying rounds, juniors, or wheelchair tournaments. At least that was what was originally announced. After the backlash that included statements from top players, the USTA is reconsidering its stance on decided against canceling the wheelchair tournament.

  6. Limited umpires and ball people. Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong will be the only courts that will be fully staffed (6 ball people, a chair umpire, and line judges). Every other court will have 3 ball people and a chair umpire with electronic line calling.

We'll keep this post updated with new information as it's released, but you can check out the full announcement here.