Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has commented on the timing of the VTB Kremlin Cup as he has revealed that this year there likely won't be a combined event in Moscow. The Kremlin Cup in Moscow -- originally scheduled to take place from October 19-25 -- traditionally features a combined men's and women's event.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers are trying to make some changes to this year's tournament edition as the goal is to host the men's and women's events in different weeks. "We are now at the stage of negotiations on the dates of the Kremlin Cup.
We plan to hold it right after the St. Petersburg tournament. Approximately late October - early November," Tarpischev told Championship sports news. "Most likely, men and women will be separated for weeks, they will not play together."
The cancelation of China swing creates more space for the VTB Kremlin Cup
On Friday, the ATP and WTA announced the cancelation of the China swing as there won't be any taking ATP or WTA events taking place in China this year.
The new date for the men's event in Moscow has yet to be determined but now it will be much easier for the ATP officials to find a date for the VTB Kremlin Cup. "Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events.
We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation,” ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement released. “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce ATP tournaments will not be played in China this year.
These important events have been a cornerstone of the Tour’s presence in Asia and I want to thank the organizers for their commitment and cooperation. Chinese fans are some of the most passionate in the world and I know players will be looking forward to the next opportunity to play in front of them."
The ATP also noted in its statement: "The ATP continues to work on a revised calendar for the final section of the 2020 season, through to the Nitto ATP Finals in November. A further update is expected in the next fortnight on a provisional schedule of events." Meanwhile, the WTA has scheduled the VTB Kremlin Cup to take place from November 2-7 in its revised calendar.