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

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

- TEAMtalk media

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
41% - 11385 votes
12% - 3282 votes
19% - 5134 votes
2% - 686 votes
1% - 268 votes
2% - 638 votes
5% - 1409 votes
8% - 2329 votes
3% - 921 votes
Water sports
1% - 245 votes
American sports
1% - 335 votes
3% - 894 votes