“I just got announced that the US Open will be held WITHOUT wheelchair tennis,” Alcott wrote on Twitter. “The players weren’t consulted. I thought I had done enough to qualify – 2x champion, world number 1. But unfortunately I missed the only thing that mattered, being able to walk. Disgusting disgust.”
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was not immediately available for comment.
The men’s and women’s singles draws at this year’s event will feature all 128 regular players – albeit without qualifying – but the men’s and women’s doubles teams were halved from 64 to 32.
Mixed doubles, wheelchair tennis and the junior competition have all been canceled.
“And please don’t tell me I’m a ‘greater risk’ because I’m disabled,” added Alcott, ten-time Grand Slam champion. “I am disabled, yes, but it does not make me SICK. I am fitter and healthier than most anyone reading this right now. There are no additional risks.
“And of course much more important things are happening in the world, but that choice should have been mine. It is blatant discrimination for able-bodied people to decide on my behalf what I do with my LIFE AND OF MY CAREER just because I’m disabled. Not good enough, US Open. “
On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that “extraordinary precautions” would be put in place to ensure the tournament runs safely.
These precautions include “robust testing, additional cleaning, additional locker room space, and dedicated accommodation and transportation.”
The tennis calendar has already been severely affected by the pandemic with the cancellation of Wimbledon this year and the French Open postponed to September.
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were two of the most prominent names to worry about hosting the tournament in New York with the virus still rife in the United States.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, told reporters earlier this month that the situation was not “ideal”.
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