US Open to hold wheelchair tournament

The event will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles events and quad singles and doubles events, and will be played from September 10-13, 2020

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Ten-time major winner Dylan Alcott

The USTA, on Wednesday, announced that the wheelchair competition will be held at the 2020 US Open after all.

The event will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles events and quad singles and doubles events, and will be played from September 10-13, 2020.

‘Disgusting discrimination’

Earlier, the US Open had announced its plans for a scaled down tournament without fans, and the juniors, mixed doubles and wheelchair events were left out of the edition.

But the USTA received a lot of backlash for that decision. Ten-time quad singles Grand Slam winner Dylan Alcott called it disgusting discrimination.

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The organisers, however, acknowledged that they should have communicated with the players and worked on a better plan.

“This decision was made following multiple virtual meetings with a group of wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation over the last week,” the USTA said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Wheelchair athletes will follow the same health and safety procedures as all players participating in the US Open and will be able to access the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center beginning on Sept. 7.”

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