The cancellation of the Washington Open will in no way affect the schedule of the US Open behind closed doors, says the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The ATP tour restart has been postponed to August citing a number of unreolved issues caused by the pandemic. The Washington Open is set to start on the 13th of August with the Cincinatti and US Open set to start from August 20th.
USTA said that their decision to host the event was taken keeping in mind the health and safety as well as the financial viability. “We are confident we remain in line with these three guiding principles,” it added.The AtP and WTA have been suspended since March with the WTA making a comeback with the Palermo Open starting on August 3rd. This will be the first return of any sort of professional tennis since the pandemic.
Chairman of the Washington Open said the unresolved issues mainly included ”various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends”. “That has forced us to make this decision now in fairness to our players, suppliers and partners, so that they can have certainty around their planning.”