Doubts are surrounding whether the tennis season will resume at any point this year, and Patrick McEnroe has aligned those fears. The former US Davis Cup captain has admitted that due to the international nature of the tennis season, it is unlikely that the Grand Slam season will be completed this season.
Fans have already been handed the news that Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War, and now McEnroe has admitted that he believes that the same fate could await the US Open too. Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, McEnroe admitted that the chances of holding the final scheduled Grand Slam of the season at Flushing Meadows would appear incredibly slim already.
COVID-19 To Claim US Open
The former player who retired in 1998 believes that the outbreak of COVID-19 will end any chances that the US Open had of going ahead. The pandemic has impacted the USA more than any other country in the world, and New York is one of the worst affected areas. The outbreak in one of the world’s most beloved city’s had led to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center being transformed into a hospital.
Tennis’ US Open is still scheduled for the 24th August, but chances of holding the event are pretty thin. Before that date, the qualification for the competition would begin, and that is something that McEnroe said would be something that organisers would be looking into when making the final decision.
At present, BetOnline.ag still have their betting markets open, with Serena Williams being the outright favourite in the women’s half of the draw. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is seen as the man to beat in the men’s half of the draw as he is the heavy favourite with the leading sportsbook.
WTA Event Cancelled & Rescheduled For 2021
The US Open isn’t the only competition that has been making the headlines over the weekend, as the scheduled WTA event in Montreal that decides the selection of the women’s team for the Rogers Cup has been cancelled. The event was due to take place in Montreal, but the decision was taken out of the WTA’s hands as Quebec has cancelled all events that were due to take place in the area until the 31st August.
Tennis has already been suspended until the 12th July, which means the decision to cancel this event didn’t come as a shock to many. There hasn’t yet been a decision made regarding the male event that is scheduled to take place in Toronto.
But, it would appear that it would look unlikely that it will be going ahead as planned. The women’s event last year was won by Bianca Andreescu as she beat Serena Williams in the final on her way to winning the US Open a couple of weeks later. The Canadian is already the second favourite to repeat her success in this year’s Grand Slam event should it go ahead as planned.