Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou feels it would be ‘a bit crazy’ to go ahead with US Open
Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admits he is not sure if hosting the US Open in September “is a good move” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After months of debate, the United States Tennis Association was given the green light by New York governor Andrew Cuomo to host the US Open during its original timeslot of August 31-September 13.
The tournament will be a closed-doors event at Flushing Meadows and strict health and safety protocols will also be in place to minimise the spread of Covid-19.
However, there has been a spike in coronavirus cases in the United States in recent weeks and Mouratoglou has raised questions about hosting the event during uncertain times, adding the NY governor could still cancel the tournament.
“With what’s happening at the moment in the US, with the number of cases of COVID-19 going higher and higher every day, I don’t think how that can happen,” he said during the Ultimate Tennis Showdown event.
“From outside, it looks a bit crazy to try to make it happen. So, I don’t know if it’s a good move.
“I wouldn’t say that if the situation was more stable like it is in Europe, then it’s a different story. But in the US and especially in New York and around New York is… I mean, the number of cases is increasing incredibly. So, I don’t know how reasonable that is to try to make it happen. And I don’t know if last minute the governor of New York will decide to cancel it because of course health first.”
He added: “I think it’s completely possible that two weeks before he [Andrew Cuomo] decides I mean, considering the situation, this is not reasonable to bring people from all over the world there, mix them together and potentially put them in touch with one of the countries that has the most cases at the moment.”
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