Organisers of the US Open tennis event have made a U-turn and introduced wheelchair competitions will happen as a part of the Grand Slam.
Per week after saying there could be no wheelchair competitions on the event, organisers of the Championships introduced a reversal of the choice following fierce criticism from gamers.
Wheelchair gamers together with two-time Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott reacted furiously final week accusing event officers of “discrimination” after they introduced wheelchair occasions could be omitted from the programme, together with junior occasions and the combined doubles event.
A number of the world’s high males’s tennis gamers together with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lent their assist to requires wheelchair tennis to be restored to the US Open programme.
Following conferences with wheelchair athletes and the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF), US Open organisers right this moment introduced wheelchair competitions would happen as a part of the event.
Optimistic begin. Nonetheless a methods to go however we’ll maintain pushing – pardon the pun 😉 couldn’t of even began this dialog with out everybody across the worlds unimaginable assist. Thanks! https://t.co/YscZ7bizU0
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) June 19, 2020
The event is because of run from Monday August 24 to Sunday September 13 on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Centre in New York, with wheelchair competitions scheduled on the final 4 days of the occasion.
The wheelchair competitions will characteristic males’s and girls’s singles and doubles occasions and quad singles and doubles occasions, all with draw sizes much like earlier US Opens.
Wheelchair athletes will comply with the identical well being and security procedures as all gamers taking part within the US Open and can be capable to entry the venue from September 7 onwards.
The ITF is ready to announce within the subsequent few days how wheelchair rating factors can be awarded in respect of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.