2020 US Open to Start in August, No Fans Allowed

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed yesterday that the 2020 US Open will start in August.
  • The Grand Slam tournament will be held from August 31 to September 13.
  • No fans are going to be allowed in the stands of the Billie Jean King Center.

With the COVID-19 pandemic curbing down, the United States is starting slowly to open up. Some sports have already returned, including the MMA, NASCAR, and so on. We’re also going to see the NBA coming back to action in Disney World next month. The latest sports news says that tennis is going to return relatively soon as well, as 2020 US Open is confirmed for the end of August.

ATP/WTA Tours have been on a hiatus for months, with professional tennis not expected to return before August. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of prestigious tennis tournaments have been canceled, including one of the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon.

The same fate is not going to hit the 2020 US Open. As confirmed by the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, the tournament is going to happen from August 31 to September 13. There will be some major changes, the biggest of which is that fans aren’t going to be in the stands.

No Fans at the 2020 US Open

In a press conference held yesterday, the NY Governor expressed his content that the state has been doing a good job “flattening the curve.” As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, the state will start to open up in the following period. Still, some measures will have to remain in order to prevent the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of those measures will impact the tennis world. The 2020 US Open will take place in the Queens neighborhood of New York, at the Billie Jean King Center. However, the stands are going to be empty during the tournament.

Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Measures

Cuomo’s decision to okay the 2020 US Open has been applauded by the tennis elite. The decision to ban fans from attending the tournament has sparked some negative reactions among top tennis players.

The current ATP no.1 Novak Djokovic, who hosted the Adria Tour exhibition tournament last weekend, called this decision “extreme.”

His rival, the current no.2 Rafael Nadal had something similar to say. When asked about playing in front of empty stands, the Spaniard said he detests the idea.

Tennis and sport without the fans loses every single thing.

Rafael Nadal said about fan-less tennis matches.

The two highest-ranked WTA players Ashleigh Barty (no.1) and Simona Halep (no.2) expressed similar opinions. They also don’t think playing fan-less tournaments is a good idea.

Serena William’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou said that the WTA legend would probably decline the offer to play at the 2020 US Open if it meant staying away from her three-year-old daughter.

2020 US Open Odds Released

Sure, everyone would love to have supporters in the stands, but this probably isn’t going to make them refuse to play. After all, there are many ATP/WTA points up for grabs at the 2020 US Open.

Top online tennis betting platforms seem to agree with this thought, judging by the fact that some of them have already released the 2020 US Open odds. You can check them out below!

US Open Men’s Tournament Odds

  • Novak Djokovic (+150)
  • Rafael Nadal (+350)
  • Roger Federer (+600)
  • Danil Medvedev (+900)
  • Dominic Thiem (+1000)
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (+1400)
  • Andy Murray (+1400)
  • Alexander Zverev (+1600)
  • Nick Kyrgios (+2500)

*Odds taken from MyBookie.ag

US Open Women’s Tournament Odds

  • Ashleigh Barty (+600)
  • Bianca Andreescu (+800)
  • Serena Williams (+850)
  • Naomi Osaka (+900)
  • Simona Halep (+1000)
  • Sofia Kenin (+1100)
  • Garbine Muguruza (+1200)
  • Karolina Pliskova (+1400)
  • Elina Svitolina (+1600)

*Odds taken from BetOnline.ag