Madrid Masters CEO & President: I can't see events taking place behind closed doors



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Madrid Masters CEO & President: I can't see events taking place behind closed doors

Madrid Masters CEO & President Gerard Tsobanian doubts the season will resume this year. The tennis season has been suspended until at least June 7. The ATP and WTA opted for a lengthy suspension but the players expect the suspension to get extended.

The Madrid Masters was scheduled to take place from May 3-10. "I am worried about the future. There are so many question marks," Tsobanian told L'Equipe. Playing without fans is an option but Tsobanian doubts the events will go that route.

Last week, the AELTC confirmed that playing this year's Wimbledon behind the closed doors was ruled out. "I can't see the events being held behind the closed doors," Tsobanian said. Tsobanian also noted the tennis players and fans come from all over the world.

Therefore, Tsobanian suggested it will take time for everything to return to normal in tennis. On June 8, the grass season is scheduled to start. Last week, ATP CEO Andrea Gaudenzi confirmed the plan remains to continue the season on June 8.

"We continue to assess all options related to preserving and maximising the calendar based on various return dates for the Tour," Gaudenzi said in a statement posted on the ATP Tour. "It goes without saying that full cooperation with the other governing bodies is essential.

We are in close discussion with all the grass-court events and they remain on the calendar as scheduled at this time. “The reality is this is a rapidly evolving situation and there is no option other than to take this day-by-day and week-by-week."