Traditionally, US Open qualifying is free for fans.
This month, US Open qualifying will be a fan-free experience.
The Flushing Meadows major announced US Open qualifying is closed to fans this month.
The US Open said it has closed the popular qualifying roudns to the public after consultation with health authorities and the US Open medical team.
“This was a particularly tough decision for the USTA to make, given the immense popularity of US Open Qualifying among fans, but after consulting with local health authorities and the US Open medical team, it was determined that it was the right decision to ensure the health and safety of all,” US Open officials announced in a statement. “Qualifying week is the time when the greatest number of players and their entourages are on site. With 256 qualifiers sharing space with the hundreds of main draw singles and doubles players, as well as all of those players’ respective teams, more than 2,500 people need to be accessing the site during this week.
“And this year, because indoor capacity at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been greatly reduced due to COVID protocols, many of the player facilities, including dining, training, and recreation facilities, have been moved outdoors onto the grounds of the NTC into public areas for the week of Qualifying. With that, there is not enough room to allow fans to access the site while still ensuring player and fan safety—which remains our top priority.”
US Open qualifying is often called the best value in Grand Slam tennis because it allows fans to watch qualifying matches, watch the seeds practice and maybe even snare a selfie or autograph from the stars—all free of charge.
Arthur Ashe Kids Day has been cancelled.
US Open fans will be able to watch the US Open Qualifying Tournament on ESPN+. The tournament announced there will also be coverage of all qualifying matches, player practices, and player interviews on ESPN News, from Tuesday, August 24th-Friday, August 27th from 11 am-6 pm. The US Open main draw begins on Monday, August 30th.
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