Sergiy Stakhovsky optimistic biggest tournaments will be staged in 2020


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Sergiy Stakhovsky optimistic biggest tournaments will be staged in 2020

Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky is optimistic that the season will be able to resume at some point of the year as he hopes the biggest events will be staged this year. The season has been suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the suspension will last until at least early-August.

Over a month ago, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said the focus will be on hosting the biggest tournaments if the season resumed. Unfortunately, there is a growing fear among the players that the whole season could eventually get cancelled.

"If we talk about predictions for the rest of the season, we hope it will resume. I really hope that big tournaments will be played this year," Stakhovsky said on Instagram Live, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.

"It's true that at the moment training-wise -- it's difficult to stay motivated until we have a goal -- as long as we don't know how many weeks this break will last. We don't know for which tournament we should train for.

When we know exactly when the Tour will resume, then the scenario will be different." Stakhovsky, ranked at No. 169 in the world, is way past his prime but he is still not ready to call it a career. The Ukrainian didn't enjoy a particularly good 2020 season before the Tour got suspended as his lone main draw appearance on the ATP Tour came in Montpellier.

The Ukrainian made it past the Montpellier qualifying event, before he lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round.