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Bianca Andreescu of Canada who beat Serena Williams in women's singles at U.S. Open in 2019. Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 without an audience as part of the state's phased coronavirus reopening protocol.

The big picture: The U.S. Tennis Association said players and staff will be tested for COVID-19, and that there will robust health precautions to protect players like additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated housing and transportation.

  • The event would normally be the tennis season’s fourth and final Grand Slam tournament.
  • It will instead be only the second of the year, since the tour was suspended in March due to the pandemic.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Updated 15 hours ago - Sports

The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."