With the French Tennis Federation deciding to move the French Open Grand Slam event from September 20th to October 4th, several other tennis tournaments on the tennis calendar will be affected by the move. While no one knows how the COVID-19 pandemic will unfold and how the tennis calendar will look like in the coming months, the organizers of the Rolex Shanghai Masters have come out with a statement regarding their tournament during the fall.
The announcement made by the Shanghai Masters says, "In order to protect the health of all participants and fans, all the organizers of global events are trying to make the most suitable arrangements. We fully support all reasonable measures to protect the interests of the events, and we hope to work closely with ATP, the organizing committees of relevant events and all the players to provide perfect matches for global audience."
The Rolex Shanghai Masters is one of the nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments on the tennis calendar and one of the major events during the Asian fall swing. With the change in the dates of the French Open tennis tournament, two other events in China during the same time will be overlapping with the Grand Slam tournament - the ATP Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Open in China.
The tournament was won by Russian Daniil Medvedev last year, who defeated German Alexander Zverev in the final. The event is held at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in the Minhang District of Shanghai and is chronologically the eighth out of nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 events on the ATP Tour. It is also the only one not played in Europe or North America.