No imminent resumption for ATP and WTA Tours
The top men’s and women’s tennis tours have today extended the suspension of tournaments into July as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cut swathes through the sport’s calendar.
The ATP, the governing body for the men’s game, has announced that all ATP Tour events until 31 July are now off.
These include the Hamburg European Open, the ATP 500 clay court tournament (pictured), from 13 to 19 July, plus events in Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbühel.
The ATP still hopes to resume at the start of August, with a further update on the calendar to be provided in mid-June.
Meanwhile, the women’s WTA Tour has suspended play until 12 July, impacting on tournaments in Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala.
It added that a decision on events in Karlsuhe and Palermo later that month, and further updates to the calendar, would be announced in June.
Elsewhere, the International Tennis Federation has suspended all lower-level men’s and women’s tournaments and juniors, seniors, wheelchair and beach tennis events until 31 July.
There has been no professional tennis since mid-March and, with Covid-19 still at large, and quarantine and travel restrictions in place, in many countries, there remain doubts over if and when it will resume this year.
In a statement, ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “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.”
On the grand slam front, the pandemic has already resulted in the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon tournament although the organisers of the US Open, still scheduled for August and September, and the French Open, postponed to September and October, remain hopeful those events can go ahead.