With the latest WTA statement that all events till May 2nd are being canceled, the J&T Banka Prague Open Women's Tournament will not be played this year. Organizers were forced to cancel the event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was scheduled to take place from 25th April to 2nd May. Miroslav Černošek, owner Czech sports agency, which was the organizer of the tournament, commented to the Tenisovysvet website, "What was almost clear last week was confirmed.
Unfortunately, the situation in the Czech Republic and around the world is such that it is unthinkable to organize an event in Prague in Stromovka, where thousands of spectators meet at once and where players and their teams come from so many places on the globe.
After the crisis meeting and considering all the circumstances, we informed the largest partners and sponsors of the event in a letter to WTA." The cancelation of the tournament was not only a big blow to the Czech fans, who have made the tournament a big hit every year, but also the Czech players - although everyone is certainly mindful of the global situation currently.
With the latest WTA statement, it now remains to be seen whether tournaments in Madrid, Rome, Strasbourg, Rabat and Paris will be held as per the schedule. With the WHO declaring Europe as the epicenter of the pandemic, it is likely that more events in the coming days/ weeks would be canceled.
The Prague Open (currently sponsored by J&T Banka) is a professional women's tennis tournament held in Prague, Czech Republic. It began in 2010, initially as an ITF Circuit $50,000 event upgraded to $100,000. Subsequently, from 2015 onwards it became a WTA International Tournament and the prize money increased to $250,000. WTA Prague Open is played on outdoor clay courts, at the TK Sparta Praha.