Tuesday, July 21, 2020

U.S. Open tuneup in Washington, D.C., canceled

   In an ominous sign for the U.S. Open, the 2020 Citi Open in Washington, D.C., has been canceled.
   The tournament, which had been scheduled to begin Aug. 14, would have restarted the men's tour.
   "With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends, that have forced us to make this decision now in fairness to our players, suppliers and partners, so that they can have certainty around their planning," Citi Open chairman Mark Ein said on citiopentennis.com.
   Barring more cancellations, the men will have one hardcourt tournament before the U.S. Open and the women two. The women's inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., is scheduled for Aug. 10-16. The men's and women's Western & Southern Open, traditionally held in the Cincinnati area, is set for Aug. 21-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   The U.S. Open remains scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the National Tennis Center with no spectators.
   The USTA said in a statement that the Citi Open cancellation "in no way impacts the U.S. Open or the Western & Southern Open. The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment ... "

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