ATP and WTA to extend season into December if season resumes


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ATP and WTA to extend season into December if season resumes

The 2020 season will be extended into December if play resumes this year, reports Christopher Carey of The New York Times. Last week, the ATP and WTA announced in a joint statement that they were extending the tours suspension through to June 7 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On June 8, the grass season is scheduled to start. The ATP and WTA took radical measures when they announced such a lengthy suspension. But there isn't too much optimism that the season will indeed resume on June 8 as many expect that the suspension will get extended once again.

"So much uncertainty about the 2020 tennis season but what is clear is that if play does resume this year, both the ATP and WTA intend to play until nearly the end of December: using their previously scheduled offseason to try to get as many tournaments played as possible," Carey stated in a Twitter post.

The ATP and WTA initially suspended the tours for a couple of weeks. As it was becoming clear there would be no way to resume the season in April, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) quickly reacted. The FFT rescheduled the French Open, which is now set to take place from September 20 - October 4.

The ATP and WTA then had no choice but to extend the tours suspension through to June 7. Meanwhile, the AELTC will hold a meeting next week and there is a chance Wimbledon gets postponed or even cancelled. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Wimbledon will take place as scheduled from June 29 - July 12. The whole clay season got called off and now there is a good chance the same will happen with the grass season.