It has been reported that tennis betting on the US Open could be suspended amid tournament postponement after the United States Tennis Association stated that it is not ruling out a possible switch to a later date.
The move comes just days after the French Open was postponed to September 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The association has said that it is assessing all of its available options, but has not yet decided to implement any changes to its schedule.
This year’s US Open tennis tournament is due to take place on the 31st August 2020 in New York.
In addition, the United States Tennis Association has criticised the French Tennis Federation for its decision to move the French open from May to September, just one week after the scheduled US Open date.
A statement by the association said:
“At a time when the world is coming together, we recognise that such a decision should not be made unilaterally. Therefore the USTA would only in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup.”
Among the details of criticism towards the French Open move was that it clashes with the Laver Cup; an international indoor hard court men’s tennis tournament between two teams: Team Europe and Team World.
Organisers of the event commented:
“This announcement came as a surprise to us and our partners. “It raises many questions and we are assessing the situation. At this time, we want our fans, sponsors, broadcasters, staff, volunteers, players and the great city of Boston to know that we intend to hold Laver Cup 2020 as currently scheduled.”
Jamie Murray, a British professional tennis player from Scotland also shared his thoughts on his social profile:
“Strong move by French Open/FFT to move to end of Sept. I thought the powers that be in tennis were supposed to be all about working together these days? The frustration will be that the FFT acted on its own with no regard for any of the other stakeholders in tennis.”
Tennis associations around the world are continuously assessing the coronavirus outbreak and it is not yet clear whether the US Open will be moved or that this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament will take place in England, which is scheduled for the end of June 2020.