NEW YORK — Cincinnati Masters organizers are exploring options for hosting the tournament as the New York Times reported that it could be moved to Flushing Meadows this year as part of a double-header with the US Open.

“The health and safety of the players, fans, volunteers and staff will be our greatest concern,” tournament organizers said in a written statement.

“To align with the decision-making timeline of the WTA and the ATP, we expect a final decision on the status of the tournament to be made in mid-June.”

According to the Times report, under a proposal by the US Tennis Association (USTA), both competitions would be played in New York’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center back to back.

The intention behind the plan is to minimize travel and the risk for participants after the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic wreaked havoc on the professional sports calendar.

Cincinnati, also known as the Western & Southern Open, is set to run until Aug. 23 and the US Open’s main draw is expected to begin on Aug. 31.

“The USTA and Western & Southern Open have been exploring multiple scenarios for the tournament,” Cincinnati organizers said. “The number one goal is to hold the tournament, in some form, this summer.”

The USTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The tennis world has slowly begun to resume action, with fans absent from stands.

World number 12 Petra Kvitova claimed victory in the women’s draw at an all-Czech tournament in Prague on Thursday, in a slot on the calendar that was originally occupied by the French Open.

French Open officials rescheduled the claycourt Grand Slam to begin on Sept. 20, the week after the US Open was set to kick off, prompting frustration from many in the tennis world. — Reuters