The US Open is at risk and moving towards becoming another sports casualty of the coronavirus pandemic as player and stakeholder discontent alike are on the rise.
The US Open would join Wimbledon as the second professional tennis event to be called off for 2020 if an agreement is unable to be made regarding whether or not they believe it safe to travel to New York in August or not.
Several video-conference calls have been held this week between at least 400 players across the international ranking list, the United States Tennis Association, the tournament organizers, and even coaches or representatives of the ATP and WTA. These conversations have revealed extensive gaps in opinion and compromise ahead of Monday’s deadline.
The USTA is more desperate to hold the event than the well-off big name players who have a lot of say here, and for them, the threat of traveling amidst a pandemic is higher than that of any financial or career threatening aspects of not playing.
“We have less than a week to go, so we need to finalise what we will do.” USTA president Patrick Galbraith said on Wednesday.
Whether a compromise is reached or not is a massive unknown at this point, and as the days, or at this point the hours, continue to pass, it seems increasingly unlikely to happen.