In evolving announcements that would put a Rube Goldberg machine to shame, the USTA has announced that "our plans to stage the US Open on our scheduled dates at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York with fans remains on-going."
Except, we "have been aggressively modeling many other contingencies, including scenarios with no fans."
So we are going to run the event as we always have, unless we don't ?
Unless we run the event in California the way we always have, except 3,000 miles away.
This comes on the heels of a no fan tournament being deemed "highly unlikely" just a few weeks ago because "it's not in the spirit of the celebration of the event" with a pledge to "safety first."
I think many people would be happy to celebrate watching at home and, if safety is genuinely put first, wouldn't that also be safer?
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.