Ein said he believed the Citi Open cancellation might help to expedite the clarification process.
“I do think the European events are definitely going to happen, and I think the U.S. Open has a really good chance to happen,” Ein said. “I think our cancellation could accelerate the resolution of those immigration issues. I think that’s going to make it a focus. You can’t figure these things out the week before the event.”
Ein, an entrepreneur who was once a ball boy at the Washington event, said he and his team were “heartbroken” to call off the tournament. He added that the prospect of holding it this year became less attractive when it became clear that spectators would not be allowed on site.
Though exhibitions are being staged regularly on a regional basis and World Team Tennis is being played at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, the regular men’s and women’s tours have been shut down since March.
The WTA Tour plans to be the first to resume with a clay-court event in Palermo, Italy, from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9. That will be followed by a clay-court event in Prague and a new hardcourt event, the Top Seed Open, in Lexington, Ky. from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 that already has commitments from Serena and Venus Williams.
But the ATP Tour has no plans to fill the gap left by the Citi Open’s cancellation. “I know how hard Mark Ein and his team have worked to adapt to new and continually changing conditions and would like to recognize their outstanding commitment to staging the event,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, the ATP chairman, in a statement. “Unfortunately for the moment there are still large factors at play, which are outside of our control.”
For now, the ATP season will resume in New York with the Western & Southern Open, followed by the U.S. Open.
But those events, if they do take place, are uncertain to attract full-strength fields with some men’s players likely to remain in Europe and restart their seasons on clay. Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, and Rafael Nadal, the reigning U.S. Open men’s singles champion, are among those considering that option.