ATP & WTA give themselves until June 1 to make decision on summer hard-court season



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ATP & WTA give themselves until June 1 to make decision on summer hard-court season

The ATP and WTA have reportedly given themselves until June 1 to decide the faith of the summer hard-court season, per Michal Samulski. On March 12, the ATP and WTA each suspended the tours for a couple of weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As it was becoming obvious there would be no way to resume the season in April, the ATP and WTA extended the suspension of the tours until June 7. But even then there wasn't too much optimism that the season would resume in June and on April 1 the ATP and WTA further extended the suspension of the tours until at least July 13.

The clay and grass season have been called and now focus turns to the summer hard court season. The United States have been the worst hit nation by the coronavirus outbreak and the situation will have to drastically improve in the next couple of months in order to have events staged across the United States.

The United States host a bunch of summer hard court events and New York -- the home of the US Open -- has been one of the worst hit cities in the world by the coronavirus outbreak. The first major event of the summer hard court season starts on August 10, when the Canadian Masters is scheduled to kick off.

The Cincinnati Masters starts the following week on August 16, while the US Open is scheduled to kick off on August 31. Just a week after the conclusion of the US Open, the rescheduled French Open is set to start on September 20.

ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi confirmed that the priority will be given to the most prestigious events if the season resumes at some point of the year. It remains to be seen if the there will be a need for further suspension of the men's and women's professional tours.