Tennis News : US Open can be shifted to Indian Wells in November

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The US Open could be moved to Indian Wells in November. While hosting the event in its regular New York home has not been ruled out, the USTA is considering moving the US Open to Indian Wells in California and having it in November, executive director Michael Dowse told Inside Tennis.

“Nothing is off the table,” Dowse told the magazine.“There’s too much speculation – we’ll know so much more in June. In reality it’s certainly possible to play without fans. No formal decision has been made about Indian Wells. Whatever we do, we’ll have to do it in alignment with the owners of Indian Wells, and the ATP and the WTA. These days the most energy is on social distancing.”

The official website of US Open has released an official statement last week that the tournament seems intent on keeping with the originally scheduled date and venue.

“We understand that there is a great deal of speculation regarding the USTA’s planning for the 2020 US Open,” the statement reads.”We would like to clarify that while we are exploring every possibility around the US Open, the potential to shift the event location or date is not at the forefront at this point in time.”

While that may be true, it’s worth noting that the Indian Wells Tennis Garden could serve as the host site.

Home to the BNP Paribas Open every March, Indian Wells is widely regarded as a favorite amongst players and fans. Dubbed the unofficial 5th major, it is one of the premier stops on tour every year.

Then again, so is the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Arthur Ashe Stadium, the featured venue on site, is the largest tennis stadium in the world, with a maximum capacity of 23,771.

For what it’s worth, the Indian Wells tennis garden has the 2nd largest tennis stadium, boasting a state of the art facility with a 16100 seater stadium.

According to the US Open website, a decision should come by next month.

“At this moment, our target date for a decision regarding the status of the US Open is six to eight weeks away (mid-June). We will continue to provide updates as appropriate.”