News ID: 269133
Published: 0204 GMT May 16, 2020

ATP, WTA tours on further hold due to pandemic

ATP, WTA tours on further hold due to pandemic
KATE OWEN/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Professional tennis on the ATP and WTA tours was suspended further because of the coronavirus pandemic.

All ATP tournaments in July were suspended, including the Hamburg Open – a third-tier 500 level event, BBC Sport reported.

WTA events in Bastad, Bucharest, Lausanne and Jurmala have been called off, with similar events in Palermo and Karlsruhe set to follow.

The US Open, which takes place in New York at the end of August, remains penciled in for that date.

No professional tournaments have been played since the start of March, with the French Open and Wimbledon among the events called off.

"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," said ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

"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."

Wimbledon, which was due to start on June 29, was canceled for the first time since World War II.

French Open organizers announced their intention to play the clay-court Grand Slam, which should have started on May 24, in late September and early October instead.

In theory, it would take place after the North American hard-court season, which culminates with the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

The hard-court events in the United States and Canada remain in place for now. The latest suspension is likely to run up to the WTA event in San Jose and the ATP event in Washington on August 3, with a further decision set to be made next month.

These tournaments are followed by the Rogers Cup – which is split across Montreal and Toronto – and the Cincinnati Open, events which are both categorized among the biggest outside of Grand Slams.

 

 

 

   
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