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New York governor Andrew Cuomo

New York governor Andrew Cuomo

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo

The US Open will go ahead as scheduled in late August behind closed doors, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed.

The hard-court Grand Slam is set to be held at Flushing Meadows between August 31 and September 13 and would be the first major tournament to be held after the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States Tennis Association have also confirmed the Western & Southern Open, usually held in Cincinnati, will also be staged at Flushing Meadows in the lead up to the US Open.

Cuomo tweeted: "The @usopen will be held in Queens, NY, without fans from August 31 to September 13.

"The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation."

What guise the tournament takes remains to be seen as the top players may not travel.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has said proposed safety protocols are "extreme" and make it "impossible" to play while champion Rafael Nadal has said he has no desire to travel overseas.

Belfast Telegraph