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 tournaments in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon.
The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour. At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule.
In parallel, the FedEx ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings will be frozen throughout this period and until further notice.
The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand greater collaboration than ever from everyone in the tennis community in order for the sport to move forward collectively in the best interest of players, tournaments and fans.
We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximising the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time. We are committed to working through these matters with our player and tournament members, and the other governing bodies, in the weeks and months ahead.
Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison. All decisions related to the impact of the coronavirus require appropriate consultation and review with the stakeholders in the game, a view that is shared by ATP, WTA, ITF, AELTC, Tennis Australia, and USTA.
Not in the release was the FFT who decided yesterday — and perhaps smartly — to move the French Open to late September to avoid getting swept up in this decision.
Miami, Monte Carlo and Madrid are among those events not seeking to reschedule this year.
Also, the ATP and WTA will “freeze” the rankings, meaning no new rankings will be run until play resumes at the earliest in June. How that impacts Olympic qualifying, other entries, and historical records (Novak Djokovic is closing in Roger Federer’s record for weeks at No. 1), is uncertain.
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