While the Coronavirus pandemic has not gone yet, in terms of sport, things appear to be getting better. Many sports, leagues, and competitions around the world have slowly started to put their product out and while this is different from what we all know as the norm, some sport is better than none.
European football leagues such as the Premier League have led the way, while US sports like the NBA and NHL are now getting underway in their bubbles. Tennis tried and came under much criticism and while we may have the odd event prior to the US Open, it is this major championship that will be the real test for the sport.
US Open Plans
The tournament is scheduled to begin on August 31, with a date for the men’s final set as Sunday, September 13. The Australian Open took place at the start of the year, but since then we have seen the French Open postponed and Wimbledon canceled altogether.
There is huge pressure on the US Open to get things right, the entire tennis world has been watching on as other sports have returned and they now want a piece of the action. Fans are also desperate to see something return, people are struggling to remember the days when they sat back enjoyed a game of tennis, and even sometimes placed a wager using the best betting sites for tennis. The world is watching sporting events to see what is happening and tennis fans at the moment are feeling a little left out.
Who Will Play?
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the US Open coming up is who is going to play and who will decide to pull out. Roger Federer is already out, he was hoping to be back playing around now but after an operation didn’t quite go right earlier this year, so he is out for the next few months.
Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the tournament, following fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty who has also decided to not play in the event. It is highly likely that we will see more players following these two, putting their health and the concerns they have first, rather than getting back onto the court.
The entire makeup of the tournament is up in the air at the moment due to this. It will be interesting to see what happens as the final field for this tournament is released, and who will be fancied to win it. Will players who are taller come to the fore, will it be about fitness and how will the break affect things?
Some players have struggled to find time to get going, while others have been able to practice and keep fit on a regular basis, which could prove to be a vital point of note for the tournament. We are in uncharted water at the moment, with plenty of talking points expected to come over the next few weeks.