Most of the tennis tournaments canceled and some of them postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. At the same time, The United States Open Tennis Championships will begin on 31st August at Flushing Meadows in NYC. However, Former World No.01 Simona Halep’s coach Darren Cahill said, they are incredibly difficult over the COVID-19 protocols proposed by US Open Organizers.
Former Australian tennis player explained that in an interview with Reuters “The restrictions are tough. They are incredibly difficult, and every player will have their own opinion as to whether that will work for them. But I am pretty sure that won’t work for Simona”
In the proposed protocols, which would restrict players to stay in their hotels with only one support staff. Earlier, ATP World No.01 Novak Djokovic said,” it would be “Impossible” to play under these difficult rules.”
“From Simona’s point of view, you have to fly over from Romania, you need to spend four weeks in one hotel in New York, and you can only bring one person,” Cahil added.
“Lot Of Players That Have An Issue With That For Sure”- Darren Cahill
Cahill said that these proposals are not for the players who compete at the highest level. “Normally you have a physio, a hitting partner, trainer and maybe a coach or two You have got to basically stay in this bubble with only one person for three or four weeks, and you have to be professional and compete at the highest level. So now there are going to be a lot of players that have an issue with that for sure.”
Some of the proposals are charter flights to ferry players and limited entourages from Europe, South America, and the Middle East to New York. Before traveling all players and support staff need to be Negative COVID-19 Tests. In the US Open, there will be no locker room access on practice days. Daily temperature checks and no spectators.