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Serena Williams commits to US Open as 31 August start is confirmed

  • Williams to play but Djokovic, Nadal and Barty doubtful
  • Rearranged French Open to begin on 27 September

It was confirmed on Wednesday the 2020 US Open will start behind closed doors on 31 August but there is still no guarantee the best players in the world will be there.

While the six-time champion Serena Williams confirmed her participation at Flushing Meadows, some of the most senior players on both tours – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep – have expressed serious reservations about travelling to New York while Covid-19 lingers, and Roger Federer, who is 39 in August, has already retired for the season to recover from knee surgery.

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