US Open: USTA apologized for moving the match between Safina and Kvitova from Arthur Ashe to Louis Armstrong Stadium
Stacey Allaster, the new CEO and Chairman of the WTA Tour, said Monday the USTA has apologized for its late decision to move the third-round match between world No. 1 Dinara Safina and Petra Kvitova from Arthur Ashe Stadium to Louis Armstrong Stadium on Saturday. While Allaster said the tour believed Safina’s match should have remained on Ashe, she conceded the scheduling situation that night, when the day session extended late into the night, was “impossible.”
“It was really the process,” Allaster said. “[The USTA] should have notified Dinara, our players, much earlier in the process of what was going to happen. They’ve apologized for that.”
Allaster also said next year’s tournament in Dubai will be canceled if the country does not grant a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer. “All indications are that that issue won’t be a problem in 2010,” Allaster said.”If we were to get into that situation we would then turn to the athletes and say, ‘This is not a fair competition for everyone’ and the event won’t go on.” Peer was denied a visa for this year’s tournament, but the event continued after the Tour fined Dubai organizers. -Tom Perrotta .