| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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A report in the New York Times indicated that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has begun exploring alternative locatioins to host the 2020 US Open later this summer.

The US Open, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the organizations revenue, is set to begin in late August, but with just a couple of months until the event’s start, there is consideration to move the tournament out of Queens, right near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the New York Times, New York City officials met last weekend to discuss turning the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center into a quarantine center. That came after parts of the campus were turned into a temporary hospital site last month, with the last of those patients having left and the center being turned back into a tennis facility.

That being said, the idea has been floated that to potentially move the tournament to Indian Wells, or the USTA’s National Campus in Orlando.

The organization continues to explore all of its available options to make sure the 2020 US Open is played later this summer, with a cancellation of the tournament set as the worst-case scenario.