The 2020 US Open is the 140th edition of tennis’ US Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It is held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. This tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is part of the 2020 ATP Tour and the 2020 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament takes place over a series of 17 courts with the Laykold surface. This tournament consists only of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles draw, and both doubles draw are cut to 32 pairs instead of standard 64.
Impact of COVID-19
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the concerns related to it, during 2020. It was announced that this event would take place without spectators. This was approved by Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, where the venue is located. This is also stated that the players do not need to be quarantined but they must be tested for the COVID-19 before they leave New York City. The testing continues throughout the tournament, and if the player has tested positive for the virus they will be forced to leave the tournament. This happened for the first time in the 143-history as the event will take place without the spectators.
What to be watched
Anisimova, 18, made her first major semifinal at the French Open and will have only more major experience come the 2020 US Open. Mix that in with home support at her home major and Anisimova who made her first major semifinals at the French Open is not only have more experience to come. Serena Williams who is six-times US Open champion currently with 23 major titles will have a great performance. Federer or Djokovic will be the picks to win in Australia, and, let’s be honest; Nadal likely will win his 13th French Open title in Paris.
Murray is among nine US Open boys’ singles champions in the field and the only one to add the men’s singles title. American men are suffering their longest Grand Slam men’s singles title drought in tennis history. Americans in the field this year, the most at a Grand Slam since 22 home players competed at the 1997 US Open. Ten of the Top 20 seeds are under the age of 25, the most at a Grand Slam event since the 2009 US Open (10). Stefanos Tsitsipas, the youngest Top 10 seed in New York, is attempting to reach his first Grand Slam final.