Pro Tennis Suspension Extends Until August
by Staff | May 15th, 2020, 11:51 am
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The ITF and ATP officially extended the suspension of all events until August 1, that due to the coronavirus.

Events that will not take place as scheduled include Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel. The WTA has suspended Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala, also which were to be held in July but the July 20 Palermo event is still active.

Already, the Canadian Open women’s event in Montreal has been cancelled, but the men’s event on August 8 in Toronto is still scheduled.

“Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce our decision to extend the suspension of the Tour,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman. “Just like tennis fans, players and tournament hosts all over the world, we share in the disappointment the Tour continues to be affected in this way. We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season. As ever, the health and well-being of the tennis community and wider public remains our top priority in every decision we make.”

The US Open expects to make a decision in the next 30 days on when and if the event can be held.

Newport, which hosts the 2020 Hall of Fame inductions, has stated the ceremony, which includes new entrants Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez, will now be held July 2021.

As of now, the early events in August are:
August 3
Washington (ATP/WTA)
San Jose (WTA)

August 10
Toronto (ATP)

August 17
Cincinnati (ATP/WTA)

The last events played were the Davis Cup qualifiers and the WTA events in Lyon and Monterrey just ahead of Indian Wells which was suspended just before the qualifying draw was released.


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4 Comments for Pro Tennis Suspension Extends Until August

chrisford1 Says:

Trump signed an order May 22 allowing all pro sports althetes to be able to travel to the US for events. The American baseball MLB plays in Canada. The NFL has foreign athletes. And the ATP and WTA are included in Trumps order – they can travel to the US and play when they are ready. And the events organizers are ready.

ATP! Come on in to Canada, then the US. I hope the swiftly changing conditions of the lockdowns as the virus fades down in the US and Europe will allow tennis to start up again (the WTA, too).
We might get 3 of 4 majors this year.
And my hope is that Wimbledon reconsiders and schedules for late September even if that “knocks Tokyo and Beijing” out of the schedule. I’d feel sorry for Japan. But a chance to add Wimbledon into the mix would be a triumph for the ATP and the Majors if they get 2-3 of the remaining majors done.


Insport Arena Says:

It’s not only safety, but it’s a money question also. How can they afford to host such a big tournament without any fans on the arena? The tennis stadions is going to be almost empty, and the players still want their price money.

Hopefully it will be managed somehow. I miss watching tennis on high level.

Stay safe.


Giles Says:

I don’t think the lawns of wimbledon will be very appealing in September unfortunately!


Kath Harden Says:

Andy Murray plans to re-start playing end of next month at the outdoor hard courts at Roehampton – a national competition organised by Jamie Murray. The LTA is also planning to host a series of British tours beginning a week later. Both men & women singles will host draws of 16 players.

Thereafter, as optimism rises organisers are looking beyond closed doors, e.g. the French Open plans to allow 25,000 into the arena (normal audience 40,000).
Source of Info: “The Guardian” 28th May 2020.


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