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GUARDIAN TENNIS: USTA to decide on US Open by June with no spectators ‘highly unlikely’

GUARDIAN TENNIS: USTA to decide on US Open by June with no spectators ‘highly unlikely’

  • USTA hopeful to start US Open on schedule in late August
  • Organizers say tournament without fans is ‘highly unlikely’

A decision on whether to postpone or cancel the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic is expected by June, the US Tennis Association’s new CEO said Thursday, calling the prospect of holding the grand slam tournament without spectators “highly unlikely”.

“Obviously our ambition is to run the tournament. It’s the engine that drives our organization, our governing body. Having said that, that won’t be the driving factor,” Mike Dowse, who took over at the USTA on 1 January, said on a conference call with reporters. “The driving factor will be the health and well-being of the players, the fans and our staff.”

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Thu, 16 Apr 2020 21:14:45 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray hopes to play singles this year but sets no timescale for return

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray hopes to play singles this year but sets no timescale for return

• Murray returns to doubles action next week after hip surgery
• ‘It’s baby steps just now, but I hope to play singles this year’

Andy Murray has given his biggest hint yet that he may once again compete at the top of his sport, after the three‑times grand slam champion admitted he hoped to return to singles competition before the end of the year.

After he made an emotional address to the Australian Open crowd following his first-round defeat against Roberto Bautista Agut in January, many thought Murray had played his last match of any kind. Four months after undergoing surgery on his right hip however, the Scot says he is largely pain free. He will compete alongside Feliciano López in the doubles competition at Queen’s Club next week and, provided there are no setbacks, at Wimbledon in July.

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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:54:11 GMT

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