Becker calls for cancellation of US Open

Boris Becker (Getty)
Boris Becker (Getty)

German tennis legend Boris Becker is concerned about the safety aspect of hosting the US Open in New York, the new epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tennis calendar has been thrown into chaos due to Covid-19 as the sport has been on a break since early March, but officials have pencilled in 13 July as a possible return date.

As a result, Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II, while the French Open has been rescheduled for 20 September - 4 October.

The US Open is set to run from 31 August until 13 September at Flushing Meadows in New York, one of the states in the US worst-hit by the virus, but former world No 1 Becker feels it shouldn’t take place.

"It's the only Grand Slam still standing, but New York was pretty much the worst city hit by the virus a couple of weeks ago,” he told Laureus.com.

"I don't think it would be wise to have a tournament there."

- TEAMtalk media

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