FILE PHOTO: Sep 13, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Normal view of Arthur Ashe Stadium at USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle. Necessary Credit score: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY
August 27, 2021
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tennis followers 12 years or older can be required to indicate proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to be able to attend the U.S. Open, match officers introduced Friday, simply three days earlier than the principle draw was set to start.
The New York Metropolis mayor’s workplace on Friday mandated proof of vaccine to enter Arthur Ashe Stadium, the place the main places on its primetime matches, america Tennis Affiliation (USTA) stated.
The USTA then elected to increase the vaccine requirement to all attendees 12 years previous or older on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle, no matter which amenities ticketholders plan to entry.
“Any U.S. Open attendee with tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand, or the grounds of the U.S. Open, will be required to supply proof of a minimum of one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” the USTA stated in a written assertion.
It was not instantly clear whether or not the mandate would impression gamers, as some have expressed reluctance to obtain the shot.
World quantity three Stefanos Tsitsipas stated earlier this month he would solely get the COVID-19 vaccine if it turned necessary to compete in tennis.
The announcement marked an abrupt change for the U.S. Open, the crown jewel of the American tennis calendar and the yr’s remaining main, which beforehand stated it will depend on unvaccinated followers to put on masks.
The match operated with out followers in 2020.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien)