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Sport US Open plans in works, including COVID tests

14:55  01 june  2020
14:55  01 june  2020 Source:   skysports.com

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Negative COVID -19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. One such detail: The USTA wants to add locker rooms — including at indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York’s coronavirus outbreak — and improve air filtration in existing spaces.

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Stacey Allaster wearing a blue shirt: USTA chief executive Stacey Allaster says COVID-19 plans are in place for this year's US Open © Getty USTA chief executive Stacey Allaster says COVID-19 plans are in place for this year's US Open

United States Tennis Association (USTA) chief executive Stacey Allaster says plans are in place for this year's US Open to go ahead at Flushing Meadows in New York.

All sanctioned competition has been suspended by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation since March and is on hold until late July.

But a number of different scenarios are being considered for the Grand Slam in New York should it go ahead as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Charter flights to ferry players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York are being looked into as are negative COVID-19 tests before travelling.

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Negative COVID -19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. With that caveat, Allaster added that if the USTA board does decide to go forward with the Open , she expects it to be held at its usual site and in its usual spot on the calendar.

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Centralised housing, daily temperature checks, no spectators, fewer on-court officials and no locker-room access on practice days could also be made compulsory in order to curb the threat of the virus.

The USTA also have plans to expand their locker rooms area by taking in the indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York's coronavirus outbreak.

"We continue to be, I would say, 150 per cent focused on staging a safe environment for conducting a US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on our dates," said Allaster.

"The idea of an alternative venue, an alternative date. We've got a responsibility to explore it, but it doesn't have a lot of momentum."

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Negative COVID -19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. One such detail: The USTA wants to add locker rooms — including at indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York’s coronavirus outbreak — and improve air filtration

Negative COVID -19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. One such detail: The USTA wants to add locker rooms — including at indoor courts that housed hundreds of temporary hospital beds at the height of New York’s coronavirus outbreak — and improve air filtration

Arthur Ashe Stadium will host matches without spectators should the tournament go ahead later this year © Getty Arthur Ashe Stadium will host matches without spectators should the tournament go ahead later this year

Allaster added that if the board decide to go ahead with the tournament, it will be played in its usual spot on the calendar from August 31 until September 13.

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The French Open was postponed from May to September with Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since 1945.

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