Alexander Zverev will welcome the return of fans to the US Open as tournament officials throw the gates open to thousands of ticket holders each day.

COVID-19 precautions seem to be an afterthought, though the public will be shut out of qualifying rounds at Flushing Meadows which begin on Tuesday.

But next Monday, it’s every fan for himself in what promises to be a full house.around the grounds for a fortnight.

That’s all fine for the German winner of the weekend Cincinnati Masters title; Zverev can’t wait to hear some noise as was the case last week in Cincy, where unmasked crowds sat together in close quarters.

The gamble by organisers may have paid off.

“Obviously, look, this week has been incredible already,” Zverev said after his title victory. “If I’m correct, I think no players tested positive with a full crowd.

“It shows that sports can go back to normal – hopefully soon. I think it’s very important to have the spectators.”

After losing the New York final in 2020 to Dominic Thiem inside an empty Ashe stadium Zverev can’t wait for the return of the tennis masses.

“I’m very happy that we’re not gonna play in empty stadiums. At the Open last year, it was a weird feeling playing the final with nobody there.

“I think we are looking   forward as players, the organisation is looking forward to it, and the spectators, as well… we will find out how it goes.”

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