Tennis Australia releases statement following Tour suspensions


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Tennis Australia releases statement following Tour suspensions

Tennis Australia has released a statement following the latest decisions from the ATP and WTA as they say they are "taking every precaution to safeguard the health and wellbeing" of everyone involved in the events staged in the country.

The ATP announced a six-week suspension of the men's professional Tour due to the coronavirus outbreak, while the ITF announced there wouldn't be any ITF World Tennis Tour events until April 20. It had been expected that the ATP and WTA would both announce a six-week suspensions but the next week WTA event could potentially take place in five weeks.

The decision were effective immediately, therefore this week's ITF World Tennis Tour event in Geelong, Australia, won't be completed. "Tennis Australia is taking every precaution to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all our staff, officials, players, volunteers and fans during this time of uncertainty," the governing body for the sport of tennis in Australia said in its statement.

"Overnight the WTA, ATP and ITF postponed all current tournaments until 20 April. In Australia this has led to the cancellation of the ITF international event currently underway in Geelong and the postponement of upcoming tournaments in Canberra and Mornington."