“Simply received introduced that the US Open will go forward WITHOUT wheelchair tennis,” Alcott wrote on Twitter. “Gamers weren’t consulted. I assumed I did sufficient to qualify – 2x champion, number one on the planet. However sadly, I missed the one factor that mattered, having the ability to stroll. Disgusting discrimination.”
The US Tennis Affiliation (USTA) was not instantly out there for remark.
The boys’s and ladies’s singles attracts at this yr’s occasion will characteristic the common 128 gamers — although with out qualifying — however the males’s and ladies’s doubles fields have been halved from 64 to 32.
Blended doubles, wheelchair tennis and the junior competitors have all been canceled.
“And please don’t inform me I’m a ‘higher threat’ as a result of I’m disabled,” Alcott, a 10-time grand slam champion, added. “I’m disabled, sure, however that doesn’t make me SICK. I’m fitter and more healthy than practically everyone studying this proper now. There are not any added dangers.
“And for certain there are much more necessary issues occurring on the planet, however that alternative ought to’ve been up TO ME. It’s blatant discrimination for able-bodied individuals to determine on my behalf what I do with my LIFE AND CAREER simply because I’m disabled. Not ok, US Open.”
On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced that “extraordinary precautions” could be in place to make sure the event goes forward safely.
These precautions embrace “sturdy testing, further cleansing, additional locker room area, and devoted housing and transportation.”
The tennis calendar has already been severely impacted by the pandemic with this yr’s Wimbledon canceled and the French Open postponed till September.
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep had been two of the high-profile names to specific concern over staging the event in New York with the virus nonetheless prevalent within the US.
Rafael Nadal, in the meantime, informed reporters earlier this month it wasn’t an “preferrred” scenario.