Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been on Wednesday’s preliminary entry lists — however No. 1 girl Ash Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu weren’t — for the event moved from Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows subsequent month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Western & Southern Open is scheduled for Aug. 20-28 on the identical arduous courts on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center which can be slated to host the U.S. Open from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
The U.S. Tennis Association is planning to stage the 2 tournaments back-to-back in New York whereas the coronavirus outbreak worsens in different elements of the nation and there are lingering questions on worldwide journey.
Both defending champions on the Cincinnati occasion are entered this yr: Daniil Medvedev, who misplaced to Nadal in final yr’s U.S. Open remaining, and Madison Keys.
Just as a result of a participant is on Wednesday’s lists doesn’t imply he or she essentially will compete on the event.
No sanctioned skilled tennis occasions have been performed since March due to the coronavirus. Both the ladies’s and males’s excursions plan to return in August, however the tentative calendars drawn up for the remainder of 2020 have already got seen cancellations.
That consists of what was presupposed to be the primary males’s event again, in Washington in August.
The girls’s tour nonetheless goals to return subsequent week at Palermo, Italy.
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