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Pro tennis tours extend breaks through July

The ATP and WTA tours already had been on hold at least until July 13 because of the coronavirus.
In this May 13 file photo, French tennis player Nicolas Mahut cleans the net during a training session at the French Tennis Federation center near the grounds of the French Open in Paris.
In this May 13 file photo, French tennis player Nicolas Mahut cleans the net during a training session at the French Tennis Federation center near the grounds of the French Open in Paris. [ FRANCOIS MORI | AP ]
Published May 15, 2020

More than 40 top-level professional tennis tournaments are off the 2020 calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic as of Friday, when the men’s and women’s tours extended their breaks through July.

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement that his tour, which now has ruled out any competition before August, is assessing the “feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season.”

The WTA, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg, added to its list of cancellations tournaments in Bastad, Sweden; Lausanne, Switzerland; Bucharest, Romania; and Jurmala, Latvia. As for tournaments in Palermo, Sicily, (scheduled for July 20-26) and Karlsruhe, Germany (July 28-Aug. 2), the tour said in a statement, “A decision regarding the dates in which (they) may be played along with further updates to the WTA calendar will be made in June.”

Some exhibitions have been organized, with small fields and zero spectators, but no sanctioned play has been allowed since early March.

The ATP said Friday the post-Wimbledon grasscourt Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I., and a hardcourt U.S. Open tuneup in Atlanta are among the events that “will not take place as scheduled.” Others added to the tour’s suspension of play are in Hamburg, Germany; Bastad, Sweden; Los Cabos, Mexico; Gstaad, Switzerland; Umag, Croatia; and Kitzbuhel, Austria.

In addition to the cancellation of its July 11-18 tournament, the International Tennis Hall of Fame said its 2020 class of Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez will be honored alongside any inductees next year.

In addition, the International Tennis Federation said its tournaments would go on hiatus until the end of July, including for juniors, seniors and wheelchair players.

The tours already had been on hold at least until July 13, a decision announced April 1, the day the All England Club said it was canceling Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years.

That made Wimbledon the first Grand Slam tournament wiped out because of the pandemic.

The start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September. The U.S. Open is expected to make a decision on its status for this year in June.

The U.S. Tennis Association has been weighing various options for the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin main-draw play Aug. 31, including staging it without spectators or moving it from its home in New York to another state.

As of now, the men’s and women’s Citi Open hardcourt tournament in Washington, where qualifying would begin Aug. 1, could mark the return of top-level tennis in the United States.

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