More than 40 top-level professional tennis tournaments were not included in the 2020 sports calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, when the men’s and women’s tour extended their rest periods and the Sports Hall of Fame canceled the induction ceremony.
ATP Chair Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement that his tour, which has now ruled out any competition before August, was assessing “the feasibility of a rescheduling event this season.”
Several tennis exhibitions have been held, with small fields and no spectators, but no games have been allowed since early March.
The ATP said Friday, the post-court Wimbledon grass court Open Court in Newport, Rhode Island, and the US open field tuning in Atlanta were among events that “would not take place on schedule.” Others were added to the suspension of playing tours in Hamburg, Germany; Bastad, Sweden; Los Cabos, Mexico; Gstaad, Switzerland; Umag, Croatia; and Kitzbühel, Austria.
In addition to the cancellation of the July 11-18 tournament, the International Tennis Hall of Fame said the 2020 class Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez would be honored with every Class 2021 that was inaugurated next year.
WTA added a tournament at Bastad; Lausanne, Switzerland; Bucharest, Romania; and Jurmala, Latvia, to the list of cancellations. The women’s tour also said “decisions regarding the dates on which” events in Palermo, Sicily (scheduled for July 20-26), and Karlsruhe, Germany (July 28 to August 2), “may be played” will be made in June.
In addition, the International Tennis Federation said the tournament would stop until the end of July, including for juniors, seniors and wheelchair players.
Further changes to the sports season can be expressed in about a month.
The tour has been postponed at least until July 13, the decision was announced April 1, the same day the All England Club said it would cancel Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years.
That made the first Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament annihilated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The start of the 2020 French Open has been postponed from the end of May to the end of September. The US Open is expected to make a decision about its status for this year in June.
U.S. Tennis Association has considered various options for his hard court tournament, which is scheduled to start the main draw on August 31, including holding it without a spectator or moving it from his home in New York to another state entirely.
Until now, the Citi Open men’s and women’s hard court tournament in Washington, where qualification will begin on August 1, could mark the return of top-level tennis in the United States – if it returns at all this year.
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