| By Steven Kaplan

 

Famed statesman, epidemiologist and philanthropist Nick Kyrgios has said the USTA is being selfish by planning to play the US Open this year.

Oh, wait. I might have overstated Kyrgios' qualifications. Let me start over.

Highly ranked, and often sighted for misconduct, Nick Kygrios said, "I’ll get my hazmat suit ready" in response to hearing that the US Open will be played.

I don't question the sincerity of his remarks; I simply believe he is sincerely overstating his understanding of the importance of conducting the Open.

The US Open this year will be safe and will be a demonstration that tennis is the safest socially distant sport. It will be a testament to the people of New York City who worked to turn the area with the country’s highest per capita infection rate in to the lowest.

Get a mask, Nick.

 

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.