Photo Roger Parker:- Pat Cash wins Wimbledon 1987
Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has come out in full support of US Open hopes of staging the Grand Slam in isolation amid the COVID-19 chaos.
The Australian who won the All England Club title in 1987 put his unique macho spin on the controversial plan to go ahead with the controversial move pending government approval.
News reports indicate that the official go-ahead from authorities may be forthcoming this week for the intended August 31 start.
The project would also shift the Cincinnati Masters to Flushing Meadows to be contested the week before.
“Common sense prevails, tennis players, ball kids (if there are some) and most members of the tour are in the lowest infectious category. If some are worried don’t come!,” Cash posted on Instagram.
“Only the richest of players are saying stop the tour, whilst lively hoods and careers continue to suffer for everyone else. some say wait for a safe vaccine,
“Go ahead it will be a loooong wait. Do your own research. true fact not 1 flu vaccine has been tested for quality in 20 years in the US. So who’s country vaccine will be regarded as the one to take??”
Major players including the top-ranked two on both the ATP and WTA – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty and Simona Halep – have expressed serious doubts about participating in the sealed-off player bubble between airport hotel and the site.
No fans, ballkids and few support staff would be allowed, with minimal facilities available at the National Tennis Centre. Players would possibly have to quarantine in the hotel for two weeks before the start of play.