Six-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams confirmed her intentions of playing in this year's event.
"I really cannot wait to return in New York and play the U.S. Open 2020," Williams told reporters Wednesday during a video conference.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he was signing off on staging the U.S. Open in August without fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season has been on hold since the cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open in March. The WTA rolled out its plan to resume play in August.
The Western & Southern Open, which is traditionally a tune-up for the U.S. Open, is still scheduled but will move from its usual home of Mason, Ohio, to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
While Cuomo gave the go-ahead to the U.S. Open and Williams is now on board, it's unclear whether the event will have all of tennis' biggest stars, especially those arriving from overseas. With many states relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions, the United States is seeing an uptick in confirmed cases.
Nick Kyrgios quipped he'll get his "hazmat suit ready" for when he makes the trip:
Williams has competed in three events this year, most recently representing the United States against Latvia in the Fed Cup. She was the runner-up in each of the last two U.S. Opens, losing to Naomi Osaka in 2018 and Bianca Andreescu in 2019.