British number one Dan Evans believes the US Open behind closed doors this year will be an “icon”.
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The US Tennis Association hopes to play tournaments in New York starting August 31, but it will likely be a closed event amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Evans, who has reached the third round at Flushing Meadows three times in his career, believes the Grand Slam will still be an “extraordinary spectacle” for tennis fans.
“I, personally, I would love to continue,” Evans said BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I think it will send a clear statement that we can get back on track.
“It can be an amazing spectacle that tennis is moving forward without anyone in the stadium, and everyone is watching on television.
Arthur Ashe’s stadium is empty, and Federer and Nadal or whoever plays the final will be very strange, but that will also be an icon. How good that will be in the years to come.
USTA is expected to make a decision at the end of June about whether the tournament can take place this year.
Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time in its history this year because of coronavirus.
The 30-year-old also supports Jamie Murray’s plans for a closed exhibition event, including leading English players, in London this summer.
“It’s very good what Jamie did,” Evans added.
“He has long represented England in the Davis Cup, and this is just another thing that says, ‘I’m really a team player.’
“He is trying to help the English players, and going through tournaments when we really can play tennis.”
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