ATP & WTA Tours Announce Further Suspension of Events till July 13th



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ATP & WTA Tours Announce Further Suspension of Events till July 13th

Following the decision of the All England Club to cancel the 2020 Wimbledon Championships due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ATP Tour and WTA Tour have jointly announced the continued suspension of their respective tours until July 13, 2020.

This means that all the ATP/ WTA European grass court events, including ATP events in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart, London-Queen’s, Halle, Mallorca, Eastbourne, as well as WTA events in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nottingham, Birmingham, Berlin, Eastbourne and Bad Homburg have been canceled.

The suspension also includes tournaments on the ATP Challenger Tour as well as the ITF World Tennis Tour. The statement also says that as of now, all tournaments taking place from July 13, 2020 onwards are planning to proceed as per the published schedule.

Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, commented, "Regrettably, the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic leaves us with no choice but to suspend the Tour further; a decision we’ve made in close cooperation with our members and the other governing bodies of tennis.

Health and safety remains the top priority as we navigate the challenges ahead in these unprecedented times, and we will do everything we can for the Tour to resume at the earliest opportunity once it is safe to do so”.

Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, commented, “This was a decision that the WTA and its members did not take lightly, however we remain vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our players, staff and fans. While we share in the disappointment of the season’s further postponement, our priority remains to support each other during this unprecedented time and work together as a sport in preparation of our return to play”.