Tennis fans excluded from US Open qualifiers due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – Spectators will not be allowed to attend this month’s US Open qualifying rounds in New York City for health and safety reasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said the ‘United States Tennis Association (USTA).

The qualifying rounds will take place at Flushing Meadows one week before the main competition kicks off on August 30.

“It was a particularly difficult decision for the USTA, given the immense popularity of qualifying for the US Open among fans,” USTA said in a statement news / no-spectators-allowed-at -qualification-us-open-tennis Thursday.

“But after consulting with local health authorities and the US Open medical team, it was determined that this was the right decision to ensure everyone’s health and safety.”

The USTA said more than 2,500 people, including athletes, their team and other staff, are expected to be on hand during the qualifying rounds.

In June, the USTA said it would allow full fan capacity for the main part of the tournament which runs through September 12, making it the first Grand Slam to have full participation amid the pandemic. since the Australian Open last year.

The US Open was held without spectators in 2020

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bangalore; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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