A decision on if we’ll have an abbreviated summer hardcourt season is just around the corner. The ATP is still set to announce their intentions for August events in Washington, Cincinnati, Canada and Winston-Salem.
The WTA also has their late summer events.
But all eyes are on New York where the US Open is scrambling to try to hold some sort of event, potentially two.
The NY Times reported that the US Open could also host Cincinnati in its normal time slot, then give those players a week of rest before the Open.
Players would have to travel and stay in just one location around NYC, and they would get two events, perhaps easing their concerns over the coronavirus. Although what would happen to Washington, Canada and Winston Salem plus the WTA stops?
But if the US Open opts to not hold the event, that could all but squash the summer hardcourts, and then the fall clay with the French Open would be the next start point.
With the virus numbers coming down, other sports like the NBA, NHL, NFL and European soccer are already planning or already back playing. So signs for a return to tennis do look promising if the tours can work out the logistics and the international players agree.
The ATP is rumored to be holding a meeting to discuss the future on June 10. Then the US Open is also expected to make a final decision in the next two weeks.
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