Not permitting spectators at qualifying matches of US Open tennis as a result of coronavirus a ‘powerful resolution’

NEW YORK — Matches in qualifying rounds for the US Open will likely be closed to spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Affiliation on Thursday referred to as it a “significantly powerful resolution.”

Qualifying is held at Flushing Meadows the week earlier than foremost draw competitors begins there on Aug. 30. The USTA stated in June that it will enable 100% capability for all periods throughout the principle a part of the Grand Slam event.

“The choice relating to the qualifying event, although heartbreaking, may have no affect on fan entry to the principle draw,” USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier stated.

No spectators had been allowed to attend any a part of final yr’s US Open due to the virus outbreak.

The USTA stated Thursday that the “biggest variety of gamers and their entourages are on web site” throughout qualifying, with 256 gamers collaborating in these preliminary rounds sharing the grounds with the principle draw gamers and their entourages.

Meaning greater than 2,500 individuals will entry the location throughout that week, and indoor capability on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart is being diminished due to COVID-19 protocols.

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