Players whose rankings would have put them in qualifying rounds that allow some men and women access to the 128-player singles draws will be compensated with funds the USTA will pass along to the ATP and WTA tours to distribute.
The upshot will make the Citi Open, with or without fans, the center of the tennis world when its main draw gets underway.
"We're following each step in the [restart] procedure in the great hope that we can announce that the 2020 U.S. Open will be played on its regularly scheduled date", Widmaier told ESPN. We've been hoping and praying that the tour will continue very soon.
The U.S. Open will be held without fans in attendance, according to Cuomo.
One player who already has stepped out of the US Open is five-time victor Roger Federer, who recently shut down his 2020 season due to a setback from rehabbing a knee injury he suffered earlier in the year. Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, the defending champion of the US and French Opens, has made clear he is uneasy about traveling to the United States because of the coronavirus, though he made clear he is hopeful the situation will improve.
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The event would normally be the tennis season's fourth and final Grand Slam tournament.
The US Open is set to commence in August behind closed doors.
"Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not now plan to play in NYC", Halep said in a statement emailed to the AP.
"People are saying they want to come, so I think we'll have one of the best fields we've had", Ein added, noting the prize money and ranking points at stake, in addition to the Washington area's three worldwide airports.
Djokovic has said most players he had spoken to had "a rather negative view" about playing in NY, and predicted some would instead switch to the delayed clay court season instead. Most players - and their reduced entourages - will stay at two designated hotels, although more expensive private homes are also an option.
So a player could then find space for their coach, hitting partner, physio, fitness trainer, agent, chef, partner, children and nanny, even if the USTA is yet to decide how many of those will be welcome on site. Because at the end of the day, this is what we do!