2020 US Open Will Be Played! | Press Conference


hello everyone

to this very special in his store

announcement I am Chris wittmeyer

managing director of communications for

the United States Tennis Association and

we're coming to you live from

Tennessee's grandest stage Arthur Ashe

Stadium here at the USTA Billie Jean

King National Tennis Center and today we

do have a very special announcement and

we are joined by USDA's immediate past

president Katrina Adams we will also be

hearing from you sta CEO and executive

director Mike douse we have with us the

chief executive of professional tennis

for the USTA and recently named US Open

tournament director Stacy Alistar and we

are joined by the NCAA's chief medical

officer dr. Brian Heinlein dr. Hanlon is

also a member of the USTA board and has

served on our USTA medical advisory

group and before we get started members

of the media please know that if you

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distribution list and of course that

will include a transcript of today's

presentation so without further ado I'm

gonna turn it over to Katrina Adams

thank you good morning everyone I am

thrilled to be here today representing

the USTA Board of Directors in the USDA

president Patrick Galbraith to

officially make a long-awaited and

exciting announcement the 2020 US Open

will be played on its regularly

scheduled dates here at the USDA Billie

Jean King National Tennis Center right

here in New York City in this tough and

trying year that is not just good news

it's remarkable news what's more in

addition to hosting the US Open the NTC

will also this year host Cincinnati's

Western & Southern Open which were real


here to be played the week prior to the

US Open this has been an unprecedented

year racked by the kovat 19 pandemic in

the racial injustice that has put a

global spotlight on the black lives

matters movement i'm particularly proud

to say that the USTA Billie Jean King

National Tennis Center became a center

of support during the pandemic serving

as a temporary centre of support for a

hospital for those that are affected and

I'm equally proud that the USTA not only

supports the black lives matter movement

but has long been at the forefront of

diversity and inclusion emphasizing

those important elements in all that we

do and of course holding the 2020 US

Open will be good for our sport at every

level of the game playing the open will

once again shine a spotlight on tennis

and get people excited about playing our

safe and healthy sport for themselves it

will also allow the USTA to generate

important income to invest in growing

the games grassroots in local

communities in all across the u.s. for

all those reasons we are thrilled that

the US Open in 2020 will be happening

that's fantastic news

thank you and thank you Katrina

it is fantastic news and I'm going to

turn it over to you sta CEO Mike dowse

Thank You Katrina and thank you Chris

today what I want to do is share with

you the journey we've been on since

March 11th when we learned that this

pandemic was a very big challenge to our

society into our sport of tennis so the

first thing we did in mid-march was

convene a team of many colleagues within

the USTA but also the broader tennis

community the ATP the WTA the ITF anyone

associated with the US Open and we said

we need to look at all the different

scenarios innovation is one of our

values and we wanted to be innovative

and look at all possible opportunities

to host this tournament having said that

we weren't

hosted at all costs we said we need

three guiding principles that we need to

check the boxes on to assure it is the

right decision to host the US Open the

first and most important decision can we

play the tournament safely is it in the

best interest of the health and

well-being of everyone involved that

includes players staff and our local

community here in New York City

the second guiding principle we set for

ourselves will this be in the best

interest of tennis is this great for

tennis and our third guiding principle

has been around this is does this make

financial sense both for the players and

for the USTA and I can say our team

looked at a dozen different options

keep on how do we best address these

three guiding principles and I can say

and I'm excited to say the combination

of the Western & Southern Open and the

US Open here in New York checked all

three of those boxes unequivocally we

have a great medical advisory group that

has supported us and consulted for us on

the medical side ultimately being signed

off yesterday by Governor Cuomo in the

state of New York our fans have

unequivocally told us they're excited to

see the most the best players in the

world and three financially we've

essentially been able to nearly match

last year's total compensation for these

tournaments and we're as Katrina also

mentioned we can also take funds now and

contribute it to our grassroots and

community tennis so with this panel

we'll get into a few more of the details

and first on our first guiding principle

around the health and well-being of all

I'm gonna hand it off to dr. Brian


well thank you so much Mike and it

really is a pleasure to be here with

such exciting news so we have been

experiencing this pandemic over 19 we

haven't seen the likes of this in over

100 years and so it's been remarkably

devastating to society across the world

and within America we've seen that

people of color have been

disproportionately negatively impacted

something that really awakens us to

social justice concerns and Katrina also

spoke about that but now we're in the

place of reopening society

we're reopening schools colleges

universities high schools and we're

reopening sport and so when we do that

we're able to do it in an evidence-based

manner we've learned so much about this

disease in the past few months and we

know how we can start doing things in a

manner that doesn't necessarily prevent

one person from getting koban 19 but

that can prevent and mitigate against

the risk of spread of this disease and

so why are we bringing back Sport and

tennis in particular well if you look at

tennis already we've known that compared

to all of the other sports it may be the

best sport for you from a health and

well-being point of view we have data

about that but then in the midst of

kovat tennis is an ideal sport for

physically distancing being able to play

the sport safely to socialize safely and

so then we come to the particulars of

the US Open so Mike talked about how

this is good for tennis well it's also

good for society because sport is an

essential aspect of who we are as human

beings sport does bring us health and

well-being and even to what sport it

brings us so much pleasure

so the particulars of bringing back

sport for the Western & Southern Open

and for the US Open we really

conceptualize that we have different

bubbles or we call them tiers and tier

one are the players and all of those who

have very very close contact with the

players and so they will stay in this

protected bubble upon arrival they will

all be tested and this is with the

polymerase chain reaction test and that

testing will be repeated at regular

intervals there are strategies in place

so what if someone does become positive

well because we are all physically

distancing at this wonderful event these

two events and a period of a few weeks

because we will be universally masking

when there is any possibility of

interacting with someone else that

already is the most important strategy

that we have to prevent this disease

from spreading to others

so the plan is really in place the

physical distancing plan is in place the

testing plan is in place and we are

confident that we can pull this off not

only in a manner that Astor's the safety

of everyone else but more importantly in

a manner that it really is going to be

an essential aspect of bringing back a

physical manifestation of hope for our

society we're opening up as a society

and we're ready to go through the

western and southern US Open and Western

and Southern and the US Open so thank

you and thank you very much dr. Hanlon

and now it's my great pleasure to turn

it over to our new US Open tournament

director Stacy Alistar thank you Chris

and dr. Halen just for a moment on

behalf of the entire US DEA team that I

represent today with its announcement

thank you for helping us get to this

point with your expertise your

leadership the hours you've put in into

this plan I don't know where you where

you find the time or where you sleep

because you have that little day job you


but we're most most appreciative and

with with your guidance and leadership

we're all confident that we will

implement this plan so in my first

official duty as the US Open tournament

director it is my greatest pleasure to

welcome a special guest to our first

virtual US Open press conference so this

announcement has been on my mind all day

but ultimately I really cannot wait to

return in New York and play the US Open

2020 I feel like the USTA is going to do

a really good job of ensuring like

everything is amazing and everything is

perfect and everyone is safe and it's

gonna be exciting

it's been over it's six months and a lot

of us apply professional tennis so it is

uh I'll certainly miss the fans don't

get me wrong just being out there and

that New York crowd and hear everyone

cheer like I really miss that and

getting me through some of those tough

matches but this is crazy

I mix

Thank You Serena what seemed crazy of

three or four months ago now has become

a reality

Syrena I can assure you that your fans

miss you but how exciting for all fans

to see you and your fellow competitors

here at the USDA Billie Jean King

National Tennis Center to play and

compete and the Western & Southern Open

and the US Open I'm going to take you

through a few of the details about how

all of this will work as Mike talked

about the first guiding principle has

been the mitigation of risk and the

health and wellbeing for all and

together with leadership of dr. halen

how we managed the spreading of the

virus we have to give a shout-out to

Governor Cuomo and everyone on his team

and here in the city and most

importantly to those first responders

across the state for their heroism to

help with the spreading of the virus

decreasing the chart that you see on

your screen is a value that is used is

called the RT value it is tracked daily

across each state and you can see that

New York State is the lowest fifth

lowest state in the country as of today

this gives us this confidence that New

York State is on the right track along

with New York City and here in Queens

total compensation for the two events

will be 60 million dollars the draw

sizes for the US Open will be men's and

women's 128 men's and women's 32 draws

this is a change specifically also if

the entry criteria will be a doubles

only ranking and within the 60 million

dollars of total compensation we have

allocated 6.6 million dollars 3.3 Peart

or to be able to use those funds at

their discretion they may use those

funds to compensate the athletes who

will not be joining us at this year's US

Open and or use the funds to subsidize

or stage ATP challengers WTA

international events the events with the

right ranking points also to impact to

affect and help the athletes who are

impacted by not being with us for the

qualifying and we are also going to be

part of that solution not just with

money where we will help both tours if

we're asked to stage events here in our

country as it relates to how it's going

to work from a timeline perspective the

official player hotels will open on

Saturday August 15th I think it's

important to know players can come

whenever they like we're just opening up

the business for them and that NTC will

be open on Sunday August 16th and yes

the airplanes are flying over us

New York is definitely open and back the

Western & Southern Open qualifying will

be held August 19th to 20th the main

draw for the Western and open main draw

will be August 21st and the 28th and the

main draw for the US Open will be in our

traditional dates as scheduled August

31st to September 13th

how will the Western & Southern Open

work we've worked with both tours to

design the the drawers and the field to

try mirror those that will play at the

US Open

56 men's and women's singles a 48

qualifying that is expanded from 32 to

48 and and expanded doubles from 28 to

32 doubles teams and the entry criteria

will be doubles

of ranking before I proceed I think it's

really important to just give a big

shout out and thanks to Western and

Southern to all of our partners in

Cincinnati for coming along on this

journey we couldn't have done it without

western and southern support

specifically john barrett who is

incredibly passionate about this

tournament and so we thank you john and

everyone for having the the faith in us

and the confidence to do this the other

thing i think it's important as you saw

in the dates this will mean that the

winston-salem open will sit off the

calendar in 2020 again thank you to the

leadership of Don Flo and everyone

involved with the winston-salem open to

give us this opportunity of what gives

the athletes an opportunity to come back

to train to have competitive matches

here at the USTA Billie Jean King

National Tennis Center if they want and

I've got to tell you months ago Don Flo

was one of the first people to call me

he said Stace what needs to happen the

US Open needs to happen and so if you

need us to step down we're there to

support you so thank you again to Don to

John Barrett and everyone involved to

official player hotels this is new for

us everything for the player housing

will be centralized and we have secured

one brand-new hotel the TWA located at

JFK one of the great things about this

hotel aside from its proximity is its

expansive layout and footprint it's

almost like it was built for physical

distancing and to give the athletes

their relaxing space medical services

fitness centers physio etc so the hotel

has been an important piece of this

puzzle as we have built the plan in

addition on site one of the benefits of

no fans not joining us on site

they're certainly going to be with us

with over 200 countries around around

the world will be we have world-class

facilities that we can now use and share

with them whether that's outdoor cafes

we'll be able to use these Suites

sitting here in Arthur Ashe Stadium as

lounge and a space for the athletes to

chill and prepare for their matches and

as well we will transform the south

plaza into a Sports Center we know our

international guests love football and

so whether it's football basketball golf

movie theaters gaming you name it we

will have an expansive experience for

the athletes been between their training

and their competition as dr. Hanlon

talked about a testing is an important

piece of the mitigation plan as players

arrive in New York they will come into

one of the two official hotels and

that's where the journey will begin as

it relates to testing and so they will

be tested directly at the hotel so as

Katrina said this is fantastic news for

tennis this is fantastic news at the

2020 Western & Southern Open tennis

toric moment here at the USTA Billie

Jean King National Tennis Center and on

behalf of the USTA and everyone that has

put their heart and soul into today's

announcement and I know they will now

the hard work comes we are officially

the US Open is open for business

thank you and there you have it folks

a very special day for us here at the

USTA again everyone we really appreciate

you joining us at this portion at this

at this point in time we're going to be

transitioning to the media QA for

everybody all members of the media this

is a new one for us as well

so I will be moderating this and trying

to keep it moving so we can get to as

many questions as possible and we know

there's a lot of questions in the queue

so bear with us and we're going to be

doing our best and we're ready for our

first question and that will be coming

from Jeff Williams of Newsday and you

hear me Chris yes we can Jeff okay well

- Stacy I believe how will the US open

field be filled and if is there a

deadline for players to admit to it and

what about the potential quarantine

issues to take things forward so Stacy

oh sorry sorry Jeff's Stacy did you hear

that properly how will the field be

filled and/or their quarantine issues is

the gist of it sure thank you Jeff so

the Western & Southern Open those entry

deadlines will be as per the tour rules

things are a little in flux but at the

moment we're looking at believe July

12th for the Western & Southern Open and

and athletes will make their own

decisions whether or not they want to

play that event we hope they do as it

relates to the US Open again normally

eligible by ranked the athletes are

automatically entered we will go through

a process where we'll work with both

tours to garner the interest of the

athletes we know we had a large number

of athletes who are training and and

want to play so sort of the final final

details of that are not nailed down but

will be in the in the coming weeks I

know on the quarantine that's been a big

topic of discussion together with

federal New York State local government

and the USGA medical advisory group

we've created this centralized US Open

world in western and southern open world

that in essence brings the athletes into

a safe environment

for them to train and return ultimately

to work we have the assurances of the

federal government on May 22nd the the

president signed a proclamation of

national interest with sport being part

of that proclamation that all athletes

their entourage is tour officials would

be able to come into our country to

participate I in the Western & Southern

Open and the US Open Thank You Stacey

we're ready for our second question and

we're gonna go to Zach Brazil ur of the

New York Post um so my is my question is

is there a concern of a lot of big names

passing out of this event there there

have been reports you know of Roger

Federer obviously isn't gonna play with

having surgery but you also have Joe

kovitch of the doll I mean how much of a

concern is that then you could be

without some star power again I'll

direct that to Stacy alistair concerns

on player field we we are going to have

incredible star power for the Western

rather than US Open and we know and we

respect that all athletes are going to

make need to make this decision on their

own there are a lot of questions in the

coming weeks we have 59 days until we

will open the tournament hotel there

will be ongoing conversations with

athletes to help them understand the

plan and then some ultimately will make

their own decision just as they always

do we are confident that we do have a

lot of players and interest who want to

compete and what we know for certain on

this glorious center court here in

Arthur Ashe Stadium we have seen some of

the most amazing matches and athletes

compete and we're confident that is what

they will share with their fans around

the world for the open and of course for

the West

Southern Open thank you we're gonna go

to the third question that will be from

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times

expects the circuits how strictly the

sort of bubble is gonna be enforced if

players what happens if a player sneaks

out of the hotel to go clubbing what

happens if they try to you know invite

someone they met on a dating app over to

the hotel or something had strict of the

confines is this going to be and will

players have to sort of adhere by

different behavior rules in order to

stay eligible to be at the US Open I'm

gonna go to Stacey to start with this

but then dr. Hanlon I wonder if you

could just talk about this as well but

Stacey why don't you begin and then

we'll go to dr. Hanlon thanks Chris hey

Ben we've created this plan this

centralized plan so that our athletes

can come back and return to work I think

as we are all returning to work we all

have a responsibility to ourselves to

our families to our fellow coworkers I

have a lot of confidence in in these

professional athletes together with the

tours we will be working with them to be

comfortable we want them to stay in the

hotels and then also come here to the

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis

Center and it'll be on all of us to do

our part

to be able to stage this event in the

safest and healthiest way and again I'm

very confident that the athletes who do

decide to join us will share in that

responsibility and dr. Hale I do you

have any thoughts on this right so I

won't answer the part of the question

about enforcement because I'm not on the

enforcement side but if you think about

it we really designed this tournament

around a bubble and if someone becomes

infected so that's a possibility if they

go out and and and and they put

themselves in a situation where their

behavior is risky if they become


they're really taking on

responsibilities of saying well you know

what I'm doing is not that important to

my fellow players but if they do become

infected the way the inner bubble is

they will not be physically in contact

with any of the other players everything

is set up we're going to be doing the

regular testing so even if someone does

test positive during the tournament

we're confident that that disease won't

spread to the other players because of

how everything has been worked out and

modeled thank you very much doctor we

are now going to go to Cindy Smurl ur of

the international New York Times hi

everybody and especially Stacey I have

two quick questions one will wildcards

be awarded and secondly along the lines

what Ben was asking there was some

discussion about players being allowed

to stay nearby at a private home and if

that's the case or their entourage is

allowed to be with them and is that a

concern of yours did you hear that

properly Stacey I did Thank You Cindy

let me take your first question around

wildcards for the US Open there will be

120 direct in and there will be 8 wild

cards for the doubles would continue to

work with both tours on just finalizing

the number of wildcards we anticipate it

will be three or four for the doubles

and the Western & Southern Open will be

per its usual allocation of wildcards as

it relates to private homes

we will provide options to the athletes

the athletes are what we used to as we

know staying in private homes that

Wimbledon or other tournaments around

the world so if they want to invest in a

private home we have a realtor who will

be available to them these will be

residential homes and non dense

locations outside of Manhattan and yes

that then would be an option within

their own home their own bubble group

for them to bring

their entourage is and family members

and when they come in then to the u.s.

open world they will be tested along

with those entourage members who will be

coming on-site to support them whether

it be coach physio they too will go

through the same testing as all players

Thank You Stacey

next question Howard federic The

Associated Press Stacy

you just mentioned entourage members as

a decision been made on the number of

people that a player will be allowed to

bring on-site either for practice or

matches or any other purpose and

separately wondering what the setup will

be in terms of line calling will it be

just the chair umpire with electronic

help will you have a full normal set of

line judges etc thank you thank you hey

Howard nice I've got a Christmas tree

yeah go ahead Stacy sorry oh go ahead

thanks Howard our first first one

entourage is let me say right now is

part of the plan each athlete will be

provided two hotel rooms one which we

will pay for one they will each athlete

will be permitted within those two hotel

rooms to bring up to three additional

guests at their choice we're gonna work

with the athletes with the tours on how

many on-site timing there will be a very

comprehensive physical distancing

movement plan and again we we understand

the needs of the athletes we just need

to make sure that we navigate the

physical distancing and ensure that we

keep everyone spread out and also

everyone gets the proper training and

preparation that they need for the two

events as it relates to line calling a

really tough decision for us to make has

been that we will not have a full

complement of officials we will on

Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong

Stadium have lines persons all other

courts we will use technology with

Hawkeye live that will be another first

for the US Open

of course chair umpires on all courts

and as it relates to ball persons we

will have crews on here on the Arthur

Ashe Stadium and Louie there will be a

total of six ball persons two on each


two on opposite sides of the nets

physically distance and then on the

outer courts there will be three one on

each end and one at the net to help with

the retrieving and the rolling of balls

to the athletes Thank You Stacy we're

now going to go to Simon caber chambers

the co-chair of the international tenors

tennis writers hi everybody I'm Stacy a

quick question just about how you're

gonna look after the needs of the

requirements of the media the US Open

it's obviously very difficult but what

what do you have in mind actually Simon

I'm gonna take that here at this present

time as you heard we will have no

spectators on-site a cornerstone of this

plan is to limit the total number of

individuals on the site at any one one

time because of that we are planning to

not have media on-site this year at the

2020 US Open but we will be putting

together a plan we do want to speak with

you Simon in Isabella and others to put

together a comprehensive media plan that

works for everybody and brings the US

Open around the world in ways we haven't

done it before as you can see we're

hosting our first virtual interactive

Q&A right now it's going pretty smooth

but there's more two more to follow on


next question Pat we're going to

Stephanie Myles

Stephanie I guess I guess the questions

for Stacey first of all congratulations

on the new gig it's a bit of a baptism

of fire I was wondering if the players

will be required to sign an insurance

waiver of some sort absolving the

tournament of responsibilities if there

is a positive test which let's be honest

is you know a fairly likely thing and

and you know further to that if someone

does test positive and then they must

isolate in our hotel room so let's say a

number of weeks or one of their team

members does who's responsible to assume

the cost of stacey would that do you

want to start there

very good I can kick it off and doctor

and I joined at any time messy

Stephanie and Bienvenu

this first remya a virtual press

conference the entire plan is set up to

mitigate risk but as dr. Halen has said

it is possible that someone may test

positive so we have all of the medical

doctors with under the leadership of our

chief medical officer dr. Alexis Colvin

of Mount Sinai dr. Brian Daniels

director player services so they will be

looking after the athletes along with

with many other medical professionals to

help us if an athlete is tested positive

we have designed and set up an area

where they will be isolated our medical

professionals will care for them they

will make the determination as to

whether what type of treatment they

require if that is a treatment in the

hotel or an alternative location that we

we determine if they need to be

hospitalized we will have the hospitals

set up for them to be treated and I

think we we all go into this

understanding the risk in our


and as in every year the health and

well-being of our athletes their safety

their health is paramount to our medical

team and it will be unrated unwavering

during this this is this event any

further comments on that doctor well two

observations one is there there has been

a lot of talk of waivers in different

situations sometimes universities saying

they want a waiver sign sometimes state

saying that they want to provide waivers

to universities at the board level at

the USTA that has not been discussed and

it really doesn't make a lot of sense to

have players sign that because look

they're at risk of developing kovat from

many different scenarios and it's highly

unlikely that it's going to happen at

the US Open if someone does test

positive the other thing that's very

important is that we will be working

hand-in-hand with the local health

department their contact tracers and so

this is not just a US Open medical

decision this is also the public health

decision in terms of the necessities of

quarantine and and the US Open and the

Western & Southern Open we will make

certain that the quarantine procedures

are followed as per protocol and that

really is a local health decision in

conjunction with the medical team thank

you doctor

we're now going to go to Paul Newman of

the independent Stacey I could ask you

about some entry deadlines I know you

said that not everything I've been

decides on this but will it be your

intention to remain fairly flexible on

this because it's clearly a changing

situation around the world levels of

infection will be changing and players

might want to make and very late

decisions as to whether they play or not

yes yes Stacy that's for you thank you

hey Paul without question this is a

journey and things are evolving so we

have the plan today we're in daily

contact with both tours so for the

Western & Southern Open I did use the

date of July of the 11th as an entry

deadline but we collectively recognized

that that made it may adjust and we'll

take some direction from the tours as it

relates to the Western & Southern Open

for the US Open we know going into this

mm that athletes are will most likely

decide two to three weeks before we'll

be ready we are ready the plan is ready

if the athletes are ready we'll be ready

for them to come to New York to train

and compete in both events hopefully but

one one or the other

so everything definitely is flexible and

again we're grateful to the tours even

for their for their support and feedback

for us to be able to to stage this

centralized plan and bring our sport

back to our fans around the world Thank

You Stacey we are now going to go to

Arthur CAPA Tanaka's Arthur everybody my

question is for Mike douse Mike in

addition to working hard on the US Open

and hosting it as safely as possible I

know that you and the USTA have been

working very hard on the the relief for

cover rebuild efforts to try to make

sure the sport of tennis is healthy

coming out of this pandemic so my

question is how will the financials of

hosting the US Open and the Western &

Southern Open impact those efforts at

the grass root level Mike hi Arthur

great question so how do the financials

of the US Open affect our grassroots

effort and as you mentioned we embarked

embarked on something called relief

recover and rebuild tennis coming out of

the pandemic and if you go back to our

guiding principles on the US Open our

third one doesn't make financial sense

and again our definition of financial

sense was can we be competitive

with total compensation for the players

versus prior year and yes we did that

but the other part of doesn't make

financial sense can we continue to

commit to grassroots tennis which is

ultimately the mission of our governing

body to promote and grow the sport of

tennis and again the answer is yes you

know by hosting the US Open this year

with no fans on site we're able to

commit to 91 percent of our grassroots

funding for 2021 and nearly a hundred

percent of our grassroots funding for

2020 so yes this US Open having it and

the Western to Southern plays a big part

in our ability to continue to fund our


so thanks for the question a very good

one thank you Mike we're now going to go

to Stuart Fraser

of the times

we're giving ok gotcha yeah I did

afternoon press sorry about the mic

finishes there just to us Stacy a

question obviously players recently were

under the impression that the only one

gas was allowed but you're saying today

that up to three are allowed Stacy how

can you justify you know not running

qualifying because you have to limit

numbers when you're now offering the

amount of player gas one two three Stacy

hey Stuart so we when we look at the

overall picture again it starts with it

starts with with hotels the number of

rooms that we have within the two

centralized player hotels TWA has 512

rooms main draw went men's and women's

singles that's 256 that's 512 ironically

enough the medical advisors have said

they are comfortable with the two rooms

that exposure group sharing so that

piece of the puzzle it works as it

relates to medical and the physical

facilities of hotel rooms as it relates

to on-site this is evolving and we

started putting out this plan three four

weeks ago obviously there's been

significant discussion with the athletes

on plus one plus two etc they can Medora

to the athletes understand that we have

to limit when we look at Stuart the

overall of qualifying mixed juniors

wheelchair Championships we had to make

the really difficult decision that that

extra load of the number of bodies that

is in the multiples was outside

something that we felt we could handle

handle ultimately to mitigate the risk

and the health and wellbeing for all so

this has definitely been challenging and

difficult but as I said in my opening

remarks we recognize the impact

this has on the qualifying athletes and

together with the tours provided each

tour with 3.3 million dollars of

compensation and the ability to fund and

stage replacement jobs for those

athletes for the important ranking point

and will be part of that journey

if the tours need is to support and

stage those events Thank You Stacy we

will now go to Sandy Harwood

congratulations Stacy on you new

position I have two quick questions

firstly I know a number of people who

have stayed at the TWA hotel and I was

wondering if you've had discussions with

them about a few changes of their policy

because I know they don't have room

service which is a player ideal

situation nor like twenty


food availability so I was wondering

what kind of discussions you had for

them to change how they work things and

my other question is well we all hope

nobody ends up getting covered is there

a threshold where if a certain number of

people there did end up having it that

you'd have to shut down the tournament

valid Thank You Stacy we'll go to you

with that thank you okay

hey Cindy sorry hey sandy thank you I'll

take the first question and then I'll

ask dr. hey line on the second one

TWA you know really like this is this is

go day you followed the media are we

going we're not going we're comfortable

today to say

TWA is our hotel TWA will be our hotel

our US Open and Western & Southern Open

Hotel and we will work with them they

are excited to be able to host our

player guests and and their guests for

certain sandy we know the athletes need

fuel and they need food so whether that

is of the required services at the hotel

or here on site breakfast lunch and

dinner we will have the appropriate food

service and we'll even have our own

takeaway where athletes will be able to

take their sushi and protein shakes and


back to the hotel if they want but we

will have food service at the TWA hotel

and our other player hotel dr. hayoon do

you want to take the next question right

so one of the advantages when the

players come in early they're tested

right away and so that already mitigates

a substantial amount of risk that

there's going to be spread within the

tournament in terms of when you make a

decision are you going to shut down an

event are you going to shut down a

school are you going to shut down a

workplace it's not based on an absolute

number but there's a modeling that we do

and it's always done in conjunction

again with the local health department

if you have a sense that really there is

a contagion within your microcosm of

society well then yes that would lead to

a shutdown and so it's not an absolute

number it's really a sense that you

either have control and you can prevent

disease spread or you can't and those

decisions that are always made by the

local health department's that's not a

US Open medical decision alone thank you

doctor we will now go to your Baldo

scatter gotta good evening to everyone

well so I'd like to know if how how many

times the players will be averagely

tested during a tournament during the US

Open every other day once every four

days never

only when they asked I mean how does it

how does it go and well I have seen in

the recent days that many players with

didn't have that much responsibility the

one that you are asking to them

cmedancing going to parties and

everything else

how will you check that especially if

you will give to someone the permit to

stay in a private house and go out and

others to stay in the TWA hotel

TWA once was called the tribe walking


now well thank you for that Ubaldo I did

not know that however I'm going to ask

dr. Hanlon to comment on the testing

protocol and we'll go from there all

right so the minimum that everyone will

be tested is upon arrival and once

weekly thereafter you raise a very

important point and it was it was raised

before I mean really the players are

coming in there they're making a pledge

to help get this right but there's going

to be a possibility that either a player

makes a choice and and puts himself or

herself at risk and therefore others and

so anytime that happens there's testing

paradigm changes and that's based on the

knowledge of that we have of the virus

because after an infection the setting

can begin in one or two days so they

would then be tested on a very regular

basis it would certainly include in

those first two days and then it would

have to include days five day seven and

and and the final details of that are

still being worked out but for the most

part it would be at least once weekly

any possibility that the bubble is

broken it goes to a very regular

engagement with testing that would it be

at moat and all likelihood in every

other day event I hope that answered

your question you've although we are now

going to move on to Colette Lewis hi can

you hear me am i unmuted no yes we can

hear you fine : thank you all right

thank you I was wondering if there is

our still plan since the 18th Nationals

our goal for this year to give them one

of the eight wildcards Stacey Alistair

hey Collette

absolutely we are pretty very excited

that Kalamazoo and San Diego are trying

for our boys and girls under 18 and

those champions will be part of the 2020

US Open Thank You Stacey

I believe the next question is going to

come from Liz Clark of the Washington

Post if not oh she's my apologies we

will be getting Liz Clark from The

Washington Post

yes can you hear me sorry yes we can

thank you so my question is about

testing so I assume it's for dr. Haman

and it it's basically about the

reliability of the tests my

understanding is there are incidents of

false positives false negatives so have

you broached the topic of what you'll do

if a player test positive will there be

a retest or something analogous to a bee

sample in in you know

performance-enhancing drug testing is

because it's being discussed as the test

or a definitive declarative boom it

settles everything but there seems to be

some question about the accuracy just

before we turn it to dr. Haines line

it's dr. Brian Haines line h AI n li n e

dr yeah so a great question so we will

be using the polymerase chain reaction

test so that really is a it looks at the

amplification of the nucleic acid

profile of the virus and that's going to

be done by way of a nasal pharyngeal

swab and there's a special arrangement

for that and that test really approaches

100 percent specificity meaning there

won't be false positives and it really

approaches 100 percent sensitivity we

will not be using the point-of-care

tests for example the antigen tests or

even the point-of-care PCR tests because

their sensitivity is less it's only at

about 80 percent so there could be false

negatives and you are right if someone

does test positive they would have a

repeat test within 24 hours and that

would be a confirmatory test thank you


we will now go to Richard pagli arrow

Tennis now I just had two quick

questions first if there was a coated

case in the later rounds quarters of

semies how would the tournament handle

it would you have like a late round

lucky loser and then secondly if the

tournament were next week about how many

of the top 20 do you think would be

playing and what would be success huh as

far as a percentage of the top 20 men

and women playing from your perspective

I'm going to turn this to Stacey

Alistair hey Richard on your on your

first question as it relates to if we're

in the middle of competition and an

athlete does test positive again under

the direction of the US Open medical

team as dr. Halen has said local

authorities and the tour's we will

discuss with the tours what is the next

step it's so difficult to say today what

that's going to be because it really

will be dependent on on the athlete and

the direction that the medical team

provides we do have in the grand slam

rule books if an athlete is not eligible

to compete for health reasons the chief

medical officer would make that

determination it rarely happens

athletes are independent contractors

that make their own decisions but this

is one of those unique situations where

if the doctors determined that the

athlete needs to come out of the

competition that will happen and we have

the systems in place for them

if the tournament was next week I'm not

going to speculate what I am comfortable

saying Richard is that I really believe

right now that we have announced the

Western & Southern Open the US Open I

believe the ATP and the WTA have

released their calendars athletes have

been training and now they're really

going to be training to return to play

and as this whole situation with the

virus evolves here in New York City

around the world athletes make that

final determination two to three weeks

before I am confident overall that a lot

of athletes want to return to play these

are the best athletes in the world maybe

I'm a little biased but they can perform

and they're healthy and it's going to be

great exciting tennis for our fans

around the world Thank You Stacey

we are now gonna go to rich near Tennis

Club business no I have not

so apologies

we're gonna go to the Guardian to Monte

Carol one moment

and your public critical opinion from

top players in recent weeks and

Americans like as people said being

eight players being able to rent houses

seem less restrictive than some of those

initial suggestions and they may be some

players how much have those opinions

affected your decisions and will they

come with more ease so I'm gonna go to

Stacey to talk about the collaborative

process we've had with the tours and the

players as we built this plan okay Thank

You Monty for your question

definitely maybe three to four weeks ago

when we started the discussion around

private homes with the USDA Medical

Advisory Group we had a full discussion

around that and we came to the decision

that the athletes themselves do not want

to get covin 19 and if they feel more

comfortable in a private home setting

with their families or the the support

team that they need that they could then

make that choice for themselves what we

have done is given them that option

there will be protocols and measures

that they will need to follow again

there's a leap of faith here but it's

it's not one hard to put up not a

difficult one to make because they don't

want to get covert and then I think what

is important the athletes have the

option come into the official player

hotels where they have everything they

need and come and then train and compete

here at the USDA Billie Jean King

National Tennis Center or elect the the

private home and as we said earlier if

they choose the private home option they

won't get back into our US Open world

until they've been tested and until the

doctors say they're clear so again this

is a journey everyone to take

responsibility for themselves

and for their for their fellow athletes

and for all of the staff who are going

to be working to ensure their health and

well-being and that we can in fact stage

both these events

thank you very much Stacy at this point

we have time for two more questions

we're going to go to ream a belay I had

a question regarding the Tua's award in

ranking pool wins at the US Open is that

a final decision or is that something

that might be you be visited if

something changes if there's a large

number of withdrawals etc is that a

final decisions they have a guarantee

that there will be ranking points or

from now until the US Open will

something change about something Thank

You Stacy thank you under each tour

under there they're called the ATP Grand

Slam ranking agreement and WTA ranking

great Grand Slam ranking agreement those

ranking agreements are with all four

Grand Slams and we've had those

discussions with the tours with the 60

million dollars of compensation being

provided that those agreements need to

stay in place and so that's where we are

today and again we're super excited the

athletes that want to compete have that

ability and I know that both tours as

their tours return to play with

different events around the world some

coming on this journey waiting for

government approvals in their countries

and some that have decided to sit off

the calendar that is a large body of

work that both tours are currently

undertaking Thank You Stacy evidently I

did not major in math because now we

have two more questions and we're going

to be going to Barbara Barker of Newsday


when you guys but when you got a

commitment from Sarina and how

is that to have a player of her stature

commit to coming and doing this

considering everything she's done at the

US Open I'm gonna we're gonna start with

Stacy but I'd like Mike to comment on

that as well

Stacy hey Barbara we we have to a number

of player agents or directly to players

we've we've made ourselves available to

the athletes to be able to build this

plan we need their input though I can

confirm that through Serena's agent

I had a zoom call with her probably

three to four weeks ago and she said on

the on the on the video Wow Stace is


you know it's just you know she shook

her head there's so much for me to

comprehend so together there's been

ongoing education I can confirm that the

surface provided by Lake hold for the

2020 the US Oakland and Western &

Southern Open was shipped to Serena's

house she's got a new court in her

backyard and so she has been training so

again she's training she will be playing

and she's excited to come back and like

all athletes they'll make their decision

at a time that makes sense for them and

Mike I'm wondering if you could just

share your thoughts as well yeah Barbara

thanks for the question regarding Serena

and it's clear we're extremely excited

and preciate of that she's committed

this early to play the tournament as we

all know she transcends tennis and she

is so much bigger than our sport and and

as we talked about is this in the best

interest of tennis it's also is it and

dr. Haines line spoke to it this is good

for society it shows that our country is

opening up again we're getting back to a

somewhat level of normalcy and Serena is

the best ambassador for that and we

couldn't be happier that she's part of

it as she pursues her journey for

additional Grand Slams so again

extremely excited that Serena's going to

be part of our US Open tournament thank

you Mike and now for our final question

Michelle Castillo cheddar hi thanks all

for taking my question today last year

the US

made approximately 370 million is there

any estimate on how much you guys are

going to lose in revenue due to the lack

of fans in the stands and on top of that

have all sponsors all major sponsors

committed to the 2020 US Open Thank You

Michelle we're gonna go to Mike and this

will be our final response and then I'll

give some closing comments hi Michelle

thanks for the question on the

financials I'll start with the sponsors

I'm very appreciative of our sponsors

they've been great partners through this

we've actually had weekly town halls

with them as we've gone through this

journey and so they're fully committed

to supporting our efforts here as far as

the financials I will tell you our net

operating income looks to be down

approximately 80 percent this year so

that really talks about our commitment

to the sport of tennis and the

professional players because as I

mentioned earlier we're committed to 91

percent of the prize money or our net

operating income is going to be down 80

percent so you know fortunately we've

had the financial wherewithal over the

years with the reserves that we can do

this for a one-off year it's not a model

that can continue but again I always go

back to our guiding principles you know

is safe for the trick players to play

and everyone involved yes is it in the

best interest of tennis and that was key

yes and then financially doesn't make

sense and through our strong balance

sheet we've been able to support it this

year and cover that significant gap

we're gonna have an overall revenue and

net operating income but it's the right

decision to make for tennis and again

we're looking forward to it thank you

and thank you very much Mike

so everyone thank you so much for

joining us we couldn't be more pleased

to be sharing this fantastic news with

everybody as I said at the beginning we

will be doing a media distribution very

shortly after this I do want to thank

everybody here especially Katrina Adams

for pinch-hitting for chairman of the

board and president Patrick Galbraith

thank you Mike I didn't think this would

be your first type of press conference

here and Arthur Ashe Stadium but here it


Stacey congratulations has everybody

said on your new tournament director

title and of course dr. Hanlon

really appreciate your insights and

thoughts around the tournament so as

Stacey said earlier everybody the US

Open is open