US Open could move to Indian Wells in November

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2020

"We understand that there is a great deal of speculation regarding the USTA's planning for the 2020 US Open", the statement reads."We would like to clarify that while we are exploring every possibility around the US Open, the potential to shift the event location or date is not at the forefront at this point in time".

"Nothing, is off the table", Dowse told Inside Tennis.

Indian Wells was the first big tennis event to suffer for the Coronavirus pandemic and the tournament was officially postponed (not canceled). Options include holding the event as scheduled from 31st August to 13th September at its traditional NY venue but without fans.

The tennis grand slam is now scheduled for August 31-September 13 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

While that may be true, it's worth noting that the Indian Wells Tennis Garden could serve as the host site.

Widely considered the most prestigious title outside of a major, the BNP Paribas Open still could be played later this year as well. However, the premises can very well host the last slam of the year. We'll know so much more in June.

Dowse has said that the US Open could be held in its familiar, late August time slot in NY, but without fans.

The USTA could opt to hold the tournament as scheduled in NY without fans, but may face concerns regarding players traveling to the current global epicenter of the virus.

According to Dowse, the USTA expects to make a decision in June.

John Tobias, whose GSEworldwide management firm represents, among others, Sloane Stephens and the Bryan brothers, told ESPN: "If the USTA finds a way to pull off the tournament, even if it's with a reduced draw on just a few courts, and without doubles (because of social distancing restrictions), it would be one of the most-watched sporting events of all time".

The Indian Wells complex is home to the second-largest tennis-specific venue in the US.

The US Open could be played in front of fans this year after all - but not necessarily in Queens.

"We have three priorities: 1) the health and well-being of the players, staff, fans and all those involved; 2) what's good for tennis; and 3) the financial impact". Everything is still on the table and we will move forward based on the three-phase approach outlined in the federal guidelines.

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