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It would seem to be an issue that there would be no real rest between the Masters component and the slam.
That's what it looks like, and no doubt one of the reasons the players wouldn't want it.  Also how would they work the qualifying for the USO along with it, provided enough players turned up that is?
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That's what it looks like, and no doubt one of the reasons the players wouldn't want it.  Also how would they work the qualifying for the USO along with it, provided enough players turned up that is?
The qualifying might be less of an issue — I think there are enough courts that they could play on the outer courts and perhaps use only the fancy courts for the Masters while the qualies were going on. Or they could hold the qualies at a different venue possibly. But it all does seem rather impossible.
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The idea of Fed & co having to pick up their own balls and towels isn't a picture that readily to mind, but maybe they'll be so glad to get back to playing that it won't matter.


lol  I'm looking forward to seeing RF and Rafa and Novak picking up their own balls and looking for their towels ......
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lol  I'm looking forward to seeing RF and Rafa and Novak picking up their own balls and looking for their towels ......

I am too.  Perhaps the current excessive use of towels might decrease?  For some reason I blame Greg Rusedski for this activity but do not know why.
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I am too.  Perhaps the current excessive use of towels might decrease?  For some reason I blame Greg Rusedski for this activity but do not know why.

I don't know if Greg Rusedski uses towels to excess really, but I do think they all use towels a bit too often - if Fed and Rafa and Nole had to pick up and/or collect their own towels,  they might decide to use them less
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I don't know if Greg Rusedski uses towels to excess really, but I do think they all use towels a bit too often - if Fed and Rafa and Nole had to pick up and/or collect their own towels,  they might decide to use them less
I don't remember Greg either but I'm sure that the new rule will have the desired effect otherwise matches could go on for ages and the players won't want that.  Also they'll waste more energy if they keep doing this every two minutes or so.
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Djokovic not happy about the protocols to be put in pace at the US Open and looks like Nadal will be staying at home.  I cannot say I blame him.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/52950195
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Djokovic not happy about the protocols to be put in pace at the US Open and looks like Nadal will be staying at home.  I cannot say I blame him.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/52950195
Me neither, and Djokovic is right as well about the sheer practicalities of playing there.
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USO and Cincinnati to go ahead -

"The US Open will be held without fans from 31 August to 13 September, after plans were approved by governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.  The Grand Slam will be held at Flushing Meadows, despite some players voicing concerns about travelling to New York."

"The Western and Southern Open, which usually takes place in Cincinnati just before the US Open, has been moved to New York and will also be staged at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/53070667
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Further to the above, the ATP has now issued a revised calendar for Tour resumption, starting with the Citi Open in Washington on 14 August -

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/atp-issues-revised-calendar-for-tour-resumption-17-june-2020
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^  Good news but what about quarantine rules?  Will the players be keen to play and what will it be like without  fans, or few fans?
& Fed has already said he won't play this year and really is it sensible for any of them to play at all in 2020, the virus won't have gone away.
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^ There won't be any fans and nor can I see many players being willing to play if it means travelling far to countries outside of their own.  As for quarantine measures, with any luck they'll all be dispensed with soon.  I don't think players mind playing without fans though just so long as they can play, and there have been a few mini tournaments recently in some European countries.
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FRENCH OPEN

Unlike the USO, spectators will be allowed into the stadium to watch matches, although some restrictions will be in place - assuming of course that it too actually takes place.

"French Open 2020: 'Up to 60%' capacity for September Grand Slam"
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/53268001
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^  I hope there really will be a French Open this year, I'm looking forward to it.
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I'd forgotten all about this, although we won't be seeing Andy in action -

https://www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/british-major-events/ltas-british-tour-event-series/

Anyone interested can watch it here -

https://www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/british-major-events/ltas-british-tour-event-series/watch-live/
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