The coronavirus pandemic has caused the most significant turmoil in the world of tennis in the Open era, canceling every tournament since Indian Wells and keeping players at their homes. In the best scenario, we will be able to watch tennis again in the second part of July but that doesn't seem like a real option at the moment, with many tournaments canceling this year's edition or trying to get some other date in the calendar in September or October.
Winston-Salem Open should take place in the last week of August, just before the US Open, ready to host the event at Wake Forest University for the tenth time. At the moment, they can only follow the news from the health organizations, government, the USTA and the ATP, still working hard to stage the tournament in four months but putting health concerns above everything.
"We know there are daily questions within your lives, your communities and around the globe. We, therefore, want to be as communicative as possible due to the many uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations governing professional tennis are working collaboratively and proactively to make key decisions related to the return of this great game to the sports landscape.
First and foremost, the process prioritizes the safety and health of the players and fans. In the case of the 2020 Winston-Salem Open, which is part of the summer-long hard court season known as the US Open Series, the board of directors and the staff continue to plan for this year's tournament.
Admittedly, we are in a holding pattern as data changes frequently and new trends will emerge over the next 30 to 45 days. We will carefully monitor this evolving situation and its potential impact on our event. We plan to make a final determination by the beginning of June, at the latest, after consulting with public health experts, the relevant governmental agencies, the ATP and our partners at the US Open Series.
Your patience with us as we navigate this uncharted territory is greatly appreciated. We hope you are all staying home, staying safe and able to stay healthy."