USTA CEO on the U.S. Open and its tennis stats

USTA CEO on the U.S. Open and its tennis stats

the u.s open begins monday it’s usually a big money maker for new york but this year’s u.s open is now without several of its top stars serena williams venus williams roger federer rafael nadal all withdrawing sighting injuries joining us now usta ceo michael dallas as i said that’s seven letters uh but we know what we’re talking we understand what we’re saying usda ceo michael uh good morning i don’t i miss everyone who’s not there but you know we’ve we’ve had to deal with not having a full sports venue for a couple of years so the excitement should still be pretty high i would think yeah hi joe thanks for having me uh it is disappointing to to miss some of the top stars as they’ve been wonderful champions literally for almost 20 years so it is a little bit of a changing of the guard we’re not counting them out by any means and we hope those champions are back next year but we do have a lot of depth this year surprisingly you know if you think about the big names missing the tournament we still have 19 of the top 20 women in the world competing in the tournament including naomi osaka our past champion on the men’s side we have 17 of the top 20 men competing and of course novak going for the first grand slam in 52 years believe it or not so we’re excited with the quality of field we have and maybe more importantly and equally important it’s so much it’s so exciting to have fans coming back this year after having no fans last year exactly and michael i’m thinking you know if you were a total homer and only like american stars uh we’d have a kind of a problem with men’s tennis right now wouldn’t we uh and it and it’s not really that new who do we anyone in the top uh 17 that you just talked about that are going to be there who should who should we be pulling for if we did want to want to root for an american yeah good good question and we absolutely want american champions as the governing body of american tennis i love our depth uh i just threw some statistics at you i’ll throw a few more at you we actually have 14 of the top 100 players in the world are american that’s more than any other country that’s on the men’s side and on the women’s side of course we’ve had a ton of success yes and we have 16 of the top 100 players in the world that are american so we like our depth the future’s looking bright but we yeah absolutely want a grand slam champion on the men’s side it’s been a few years since we’ve had that i’m trying to figure out not not andy who you know i i should be paying more attention to is the last who’s the last uh men’s men’s women it was andy roddick was our last men’s grand slam champion i was at the uh the semifinal match it was a five-setter with uh now ban now bandian i think and that was the real match because the final thing the final with andy wasn’t as consequent it at least wasn’t as exciting as the previous one i got to see that was amazing uh i’m worried about coming i’m hoping you’re coming out this year as well i’ll be there i will be there uh but i’m good good on a really good night too i’m not going to say when because you know the crowds are big enough i mean if i were to disclose that you don’t need yeah but as far as kovitz seriously michael i’m worried uh because the you know before people go in there’s a lot of people around you’re not going to require either masked wearing or vaccination cards but it is it is outside but it seems like people are pretty close together is it full occupancy no no no restrictions there either well it is and again i mean we take this really seriously and joe last year we kind of developed a playbook to help us on this i know it was without fans but we did over 14 000 covid tests last year with the players and the support staff we had a 99.97 negative rate of course this year we have fans so we’ve had to work extremely closely with the city of new york’s department of health and the cdc and you mentioned no vaccines that we will be requiring them for our indoor dining and our indoor suites so that’s important to know if you’re coming out as far as the grounds it’s much like a mets game or a yankees game we won’t be requiring vaccines at this point we know it’s a fluid situation and we’ll never sacrifice health and safety so if that changes we’ll quickly communicate it but the guidance we’re being given now by our medical advisor group and more importantly the government officials who are experts in this area is that we’re okay without requiring vaccines on the grounds of the of the tennis center shepard smith here thanks for watching cnbc on youtube
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USTA CEO on the U.S. Open and its tennis stats

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