| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is considering a plan to host both the Western & Southern Open and US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with the former leading into the latter, according to a report by Christopher Clarey in the New York Times.

The Western & Southern Open, normally held in Cincinnati, Ohio, would be held in New York and create essentially a doubleheader with the US Open.

The New York Times report reads:

“It is far from certain that either tournament can be played this year, but the maneuver is designed to help draw the needed support of government and public health officials as they manage the outbreak, travel and the economy. It is also unclear, especially given quarantine guidelines, whether enough players would be prepared to travel to New York, one of the disease’s epicenters. Many players have gone without income as both the men’s and women’s tours have been shut down since mid-March and scores of tournaments have been postponed or canceled.

Leaders of the men’s and women’s tours received the U.S.T.A. proposal this week, according to officials at the U.S.T.A. and the men’s and women’s tours, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not yet authorized to speak publicly about the potential move.

The tours would need to formally approve the moving of the Western & Southern Open from its home in Mason, Ohio. The U.S.T.A. owns the men’s event staged there while Octagon, a sports and entertainment agency, owns the women’s event."