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Wimbledon Cancelled, Tours Suspended Through July 12, Season In Doubt

Posted by Sean Randall on April 1st, 2020 @ 4:26 pm

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Wimbledon. The venerable tournament made it official today announcing the 2020 Championships have been called off due to the coronavirus.

It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns …

Trick Shots At Home By Roger Federer [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 31st, 2020 @ 11:59 am

With the world locked down and the tennis tour in suspension, spend some time watching Roger Federer hit some trick shots against a wall.

Federer underwent a surprise surgery on his right knee after the Australian Open, and appears to back in pretty good shape, dancing around in the snow and the ice.

Federer picked a good time to have the procedure with no events scheduled at least until June when …

Novak Djokovic Posts Message Of Hope: We Need To Dig Deep Now, Regenerate On Every Level Of Our Beings

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

Earlier this week, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic hit social media to offer up some encouragement and hope in these difficult times.

“I pray for the health and healing of you. May God heal any sickness you have physical, mental or spiritual. May he give you health, energy and joy today,” Djokovic posted.

“Very challenging times for everyone. I am sending support and prayers. Please stay at home in quarantine and help …

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi: It’s Unknown When The Tour Will Resume

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 2:55 pm

It’s been a crazy indoctrination for new ATP head Andrea Gaudenzi who just started the job on January 1. The former Top 20 is now at the helm of one of the biggest stoppages ever in pro tennis due to the Coronavirus, and there’s no indication of when the tour will resume and how the calendar will change once it does.

“Our ability to address any supportive measures will be best …

Olympics And Tennis Competition Postponed Until 2021

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2020 @ 2:42 pm

And big tournament will not be played this year due to the Coronavirus. Today, the Olympics made it officials cancelling the games which were to be held in late July in Tokyo. That also means no Olympic tennis this summer.

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII …

Pro Tennis Extends Shut Down Through June 7, Rankings Frozen

Posted by Staff on March 18th, 2020 @ 3:05 pm

The tours got together to announce today that there will be no pro tennis through June 7, effectively shutting down the spring clay season due to the Coronavirus.

The tours hope to resume on June 8 on the grass.

After careful consideration, and due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, all ATP and WTA tournaments tin the Spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled. This includes the combined ATP/WTA …

Laver Cup Won’t Move Weeks, Will Go Against French Open (It’s Roger v Rafa!)

Posted by Sean Randall on March 18th, 2020 @ 11:12 am

After the French Open boldly moved to the end of September, the Laver Cup announced last night that their event will not move out of their week which is now home to the shifted clay Slam.

The Laver Cup is still set to be held September 25-27 in Boston and now at the same time as the French Open which will run September 20-Oct 4.

The tennis world learned today that …

French Open Announces Shock Move To September… DURING LAVER CUP!

Posted by Sean Randall on March 17th, 2020 @ 1:58 pm

The musical chairs game has begun in tennis. As I said yesterday, when the dust settles from this cornavirus, the tennis landscape is going to look a lot different, as far as tournaments go.

Today, the French Open decided to move their dates to September 20-October 4. According to the latest calendars and assuming we get past the virus, the French Open will be played DURING Roger Federer’s Laver Cup, …

Tomic, Jaziri, Shvedova Among Those Tennis Pros Self-Quarantined

Posted by Staff on March 17th, 2020 @ 11:41 am

There hasn’t been a top tennis pro to test positive for the Coronavirus, but the numbers of those who may have been in contact with someone who is, or feel they could be infected, is growing.

The much-maligned Bernard Tomic announced that he went into self-quarantine last week.

“Since Tuesday, I started feeling not right. I already had shortness of breath and my immune system was low and run down. I’m currently …

Rafael Nadal Temporarily Closes Down His Academy Due To Coronavirus

Posted by Staff on March 17th, 2020 @ 11:19 am

Rafael Nadal announced today that he is shutting down his academy in Mallorca to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Nadal said the kids there will be looked after and to prevent infection, no one will be permitted to enter the academy from the outside.

Hello all,

I hope you are well in these complicated times.

As you know, the circumstances at the Academy are very particular as throughout the year young players …

WTA Suspended Until May 2, Tennis Tour On Lockdown

Posted by Sean Randall on March 16th, 2020 @ 6:31 pm

These are indeed unprecedented times. With the coronavirus rapidly spreading across the globe, there is no one immune to its devastating reach, not even tennis.

The tour has already been paralyzed. Just a week ago Indian Wells was the first domino to fall. The men’s tour and minor events soon followed, announcing a 6-week suspension until the last week in April. And today the WTA is suspending all …

ATP, ITF Announce 6-Week Tennis Shutdown; No Miami Masters In 2020

Posted by Staff on March 12th, 2020 @ 12:12 pm

The ATP and ITF made it official earlier today announcing a six-week tennis tournament shutdown due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

This unprecedented move means at least Miami, Monte Carlo and many, many Challengers and ITF events will not take place as scheduled.

Lower ongoing tournaments will be suspended effective immediately.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly and it represents a great loss for our tournaments, players, and fans …

Fed Cup Postponed As Coronavirus Impacts Tennis Tour

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2020 @ 4:19 pm

More dominoes fell (and more will fall) today as the ITF officially postponed the April 14, 12-team Fed Cup finals which were to be held in Budapest, Hungary.

In a statement from the ITF:

After careful consideration and close discussion with the ITF Board and the Local Organising Committee, and in light of today’s announcement by the Hungarian government prohibiting public indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, it is with regret …

ATP Statement On Coronavirus and Cancellation Of Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 9th, 2020 @ 4:54 pm

In the first real public statement from new head of the ATP, chairman Andrea Gaudenzi is optimistic the men’s tour will continue despite the Coronavirus concern and the cancellation of Indian Wells.

“While we regret that the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will not take place, the ATP Tour calendar beyond Indian Wells remains as status quo,” Gaudenzi said. “We continue to monitor the situation daily, working closely …

Miami Masters Set To Go On, But Will It?

Posted by Staff on March 9th, 2020 @ 4:45 pm

After the stunning cancellation of the Indian Wells Masters due to the Coronavirus, Miami was thought to be the next domino to fall. But the tournament assuaged some fears by announcing today that it’s planning to begin as scheduled on March 23.

Statement from the Miami Open.

— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 9, 2020

Earlier in the day, the Florida Department of …