US Open 2020 Is All Set To Begin This August

US Open 2020 Is All Set To Begin This August

One of the most beloved tennis tournaments is returning this season - with a few changes. Read on to know all the details about the upcoming US Open.

The 2020 US Open will mark the 140th edition of the Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year. The event will be taking place on August 31st, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows - Corona Park of Queens in New York.

However, due to various health and safety concerns related to the ongoing Pandemic, the matches will, unfortunately, not see any spectators present at the venue. The only way the fans can experience the event this year will be through television. In light of the unique circumstances, this is likely to go down in history as a groundbreaking and potentially paradigm-shifting viewing experience.

Louis Armstrong Stadium
Louis Armstrong StadiumUS Open

The challenge is, how will they capture what this event is known for without the crucial attendance, excitement, cheering of fans and the interactions of the tennis community?

The Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows will be virtually unrecognisable with a scrim that will block out the empty gallery with the addition of 9 large LED screens that will be strategically positioned to display the scores and announcements as well as tracking the path of the tennis ball in motion.

The three main show courts - Arthur Ashe, Louis Armstrong and Court 17 - will be equipped with live cameramen, as opposed to the 10 "outside" courts which will be covered by robotic cameras operated remotely.

Arthur Ashe Stadium
Arthur Ashe StadiumESPN

This years tournament will consist of the Men's and Women's Singles and doubles draws with both doubles draws being cut down to 32 players instead of the standard 64.

The Singles matches will remain the standard 128 person format in each category. However, as per the decision of the New York State government, qualifying matches, mixed doubles and junior matches will not take place.

Rafael Nadal (2019 Men’s Singles Champion)
Rafael Nadal (2019 Men’s Singles Champion)Essentially Sports

Both the reigning champions Rafael Nadal (Men’s Singles Champion) and Bianca Andreescu (women’s Singles Champion) have withdrawn from competing this year citing their safety concerns as well as the inability to prepare and train at the highest level pertaining to the on-going outburst of the Pandemic.

Bianca Andreescu (2019 Women’s Singles Champion)
Bianca Andreescu (2019 Women’s Singles Champion)Essentially Sports

At the end of the day it is still professional tennis with same court and familiar faces, however, this time around, the 'first level' of coverage will solely focus on the intensity of the game and agility of the players. Stay tuned to this space for future information.

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