The US Open will require spectators aged 12 and up to produce proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend, according to tournament organisers, with the main draw slated to begin on Monday.
Just days before the main event begins, tennis fans will be asked to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend the US Open.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) verified that the New York City mayor’s office required proof of vaccination to access Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The USTA, therefore, decided to expand the vaccine requirement to all Billie Jean King National Tennis Center visitors aged 12 and up, regardless of which facilities they intend to visit.
The USTA announced in a written statement that “every US Open participant with tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand, or the grounds of the US Open will be required to present proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.”
The USTA acknowledged that the regulation does not apply to players competing in the competition, some of whom had expressed reservations about receiving the shot in the past.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will play Andy Murray of the United Kingdom in the opening round, indicated earlier this month that he would only acquire the COVID-19 vaccine if it became a requirement for tennis players.
The announcement marked an abrupt change for the US Open, the year’s final major, which previously said it would rely on unvaccinated fans to wear masks.
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