Washington Event Cancels, But Exo Tennis Sees Success
The Washington event officially cancelled for 2020, due to Coronavirus and logistical concerns. The event, which originally was a ATP/WTA tournament, lost its WTA slot to Lexington. And now the ATP tour will not return scheduled on August 14.
In a statement, tournament CEO Mark Ein said, “After months of tireless work by our team and close collaboration with our many stakeholders, we are heartbroken to announce that me must unfortunately postpone.
“With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.”
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— Citi Open (@CitiOpen) July 21, 2020
While Washington shutters, the exos continue without much issue across the globe. Here in the U.S., World Team Tennis is in its second week without incident — though one player, Danielle Collins broke the rules and left the bubble forcing her release from the event — and the numerous events have been clean in Europe other than the Djokovic tour.
The WTA is still on schedule to return August 3 in Palermo and Serena Williams is among those to have signed on for the new Lexington event on August 10.
Cincinnati, which will be played on the US Open site, is also still on track. But the doubt is there over whether the Cincy/US Open will happen. Players have expressed concern and the logistics of running an international event at that scale are much different than a 32-draw in Kentucky or event D.C.
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