The U.S. Tennis Association modified its plans and now will embody wheelchair competitors on the scaled-down U.S. Open after athletes complained in regards to the authentic determination to drop their event completely this yr.
The USTA introduced Wednesday that wheelchair tennis will probably be performed at Flushing Meadows between Sept. 10-13, the final 4 days of the Grand Slam event.
The swap got here after “a number of digital conferences with a gaggle of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation during the last week,” the USTA stated in a information launch.
Now there will probably be males’s and ladies’s singles and doubles and quad singles doubles. Wheelchair athletes can entry the event web site as of Sept. 7.
The group that oversees tennis within the United States acknowledged Friday it ought to have consulted wheelchair athletes earlier than initially deciding to cancel their competitors in New York.
That got here two days after the USTA revealed its working plans for holding the U.S. Open amid the Corona Virus pandemic, together with reductions to numerous competitions to restrict the variety of folks on-site for higher social distancing.
The preliminary setup dropped wheelchair, junior and blended doubles competitions altogether, together with singles qualifying, whereas the fields for ladies’s and males’s doubles had been halved to 32 groups apiece.