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US Open Tennis will take place but without fans

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the event will occur from August 31-September 13

Updated: June 16, 2020 - 10:21pm

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Tennis players will compete in New York later this year during the 2020 U.S. Open, but the event will take place without fans.

"The @usopen will be held in Queens, NY, without fans from August 31 to September 13," according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation," he explained.

The announcement will likely come as welcome news to many sports-starved individuals as the protracted coronavirus crisis has impacted so many athletic events.

"We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks," USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mike Dowse said in a statement.

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