MASON, OH - AUGUST 16: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during Day 5 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 16, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The United States Tennis Association will host only the second Grand Slam this year after the US Open has been given the green light to go ahead.

However, this year’s US Open will lack the atmosphere it normally has as the tournament will go ahead without fans as it has been the case with many sports around the world.

There has been a gaping hole in the WTA and ATP tours as multiple tours have been cancelled including one major Grand Slam Wimbledon also being cancelled to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the French Open which usually runs in May has been postponed to start on September 20 a week after the US Open final.

Both the WTA and ATP are expected to tick off the US Open plan to get the tournament underway on August 31 to September 13.

“We’re following each step in the (restart) procedure in the great hope that we can announce that the 2020 US Open will be played on its regularly scheduled date,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier told ESPN.

“We hope to make an announcement in the very near future.”

However, getting players on board is a different issue, as many including world No.1 1 Novak Djokovic and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal have expressed their concerns about the tournament.

Similarly WTA world no 1 Ash Barty was concerned about tournaments returning too quickly.

“I understand the tournaments are eager to run but keeping everyone safe has to be the priority,” she said.

Nick Kyrios took his views to Twitter saying that they are “selfish” given the current circumstances that America is in.

“The ATP is trying to make the US Open go ahead. Selfish with everything going on at the moment. Obviously Covid, but also with the riots, together we need to overcome these challenges before tennis returns in my opinion,” he tweeted.