ATP & WTA tours suspended until June 7


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ATP & WTA tours suspended until June 7

The ATP and WTA have decided to extend the Tour suspensions through to June 7 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Last Thursday, the ATP suspended the Tour for six weeks due to the coronavirus, while the WTA opted for a bit shorter suspension.

Since then, several players said they don't really expect that the season would continue on April 27. Those players were right as there won't be any ATP or WTA events until June, when the grass season is scheduled to start.

"After careful consideration, and due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, all ATP and WTA tournaments in the Spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled, the ATP and WTA announced in a joint statement.

"This includes the combined ATP/WTA tournaments in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon. "The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour.

At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule." Many were curious to see what would happen with the rankings and now the answer is known as the ATP and WTA decided to froze the rankings throughout this period: "In parallel, the FedEx ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings will be frozen throughout this period and until further notice.

"The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand greater collaboration than ever from everyone in the tennis community in order for the sport to move forward collectively in the best interest of players, tournaments and fans.

"We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximising the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time. We are committed to working through these matters with our player and tournament members, and the other governing bodies, in the weeks and months ahead.

"Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison. All decisions related to the impact of the coronavirus require appropriate consultation and review with the stakeholders in the game, a view that is shared by ATP, WTA, ITF, AELTC, Tennis Australia, and USTA."