The United States Tennis Association has axed 110 jobs and closed its White Plains, New York office as the COVID-19 pandemic bites into its financial status.

The USTA said the measures were necessary to combat the financial effects of the pandemic and ensure the US Open will remain.

“We have an opportunity to re-imagine the structure of the organisation to better serve the tennis community in the United States,” USTA chief executive Michael Dowse said.

“This new structure allows the USTA to be more agile and more cost effective, while getting closer to tennis players at the local level.

“Unfortunately, today represents a challenging day for many of the USTA family who have been negatively affected by the downsizing of the organisation, and I would like to sincerely thank each USTA staff member for their dedication to the organisation.”

The USTA has identified more than $20 million in savings through jib losers and salary reductions, as well a drastic cut to meeting and travel expenses for staff.

Remaining staff will be re-located to a yet to be determined location in New York.

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