In response to the decision to move the dates of the French Open, the USTA (united States Tennis Association) has refused to rule out the possibility that the US Open could also be postponed to a later date.
On Tuesday, the FTA (French Tennis Association) announced, to the surprise of many, that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the severe restrictions on the movement of people imposed by the French government, that the event scheduled to be held at Roland Garros in Paris beginning at the end of May, would now be sifted to September and October, beginning just one week after the completion of the US Open At Flushing Meadows.
That in turn has prompted the USTA to consider rescheduling their showpiece event. However, in a pointed dig at their French counterparts they have made it clear that they would do so only after consulting other key stakeholders, like the ATP, the WTA, the ITF, the players, other Grand Slam tournaments, and major commercial partners.
This is in reference to the FTA which acted unilaterally, and which has created immediate scheduling difficulties, with the Laver Cup, and a string of both men and womens events already on the calendar for the rearranged dates.
The organisers of the Laver Cup, the brainchild of Roger Federer, which this year will be held in the city of Boston are also up in arms by the decision to reschedule the French Open, especially as the event is already a complete sell-out. They have been moved to reassure sponsors, broadcasters, players, support staff and volunteers that their event will go ahead as planned.
For the moment Wimbledon is still scheduled to go ahead as planned, although the all-England club is planning to have a limited onsite team this year. However, with the tournament set to take place between 29th June and 11th July, and with the UK have recently imposed restrictions effectively presenting mass gatherings, it took looks under threat as the virus takes hold.
That became even more of a possibility on Wednesday when both the ATP and WTA tours announced that all tennis has been cancelled until 7th June at the earliest, wiping out the entire European clay court season.
And, arguably, Wimbledon, because it is played on grass, is the Grand Slam that is most susceptible of all the Grand Slams in the present climate. The British weather does not allow for it to be played anytime other than in the summer.