The WTA Tour has released an updated provisional calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season which includes two new events. The WTA Tour is scheduled to begin with the Palermo Ladies Open in the first week of August.
WTA Tour releases updated calendar
The 2020 provisional calendar now includes two additional WTA International events - the Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open in Lexington - which would be the first WTA level event to be held in Kentucky, USA.
Both these events will take place in the week of August 10.
Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, "As the WTA Tour looks to return to competition in 2020, we are pleased to provide additional playing opportunities for our athletes.
🗣 UPDATED TOUR SCHEDULE
The 2020 provisional calendar now includes two additional WTA International-level events in Prague and Lexington, Kentucky ---> https://t.co/HvQNJmaSFH pic.twitter.com/u9vcCgWoqk — wta (@WTA) July 9, 2020
We are delighted to welcome the teams in Prague and Lexington onto the 2020 provisional calendar and look forward to the return of women's professional tennis." In their statement on the tour website, the WTA Tour says the calendar will still be dependent on assumption that events can be held safely as per guidelines of medical experts and that it is in alignment with the efforts of the ATP, ITF, USTA and FFT (French Tennis Federation).
The men's ATP Tour is set to resume in Washington on August 13th. The professional tennis circuits have been suspended since March due to the global pandemic. The French Open has been moved to September while the US Open is scheduled to be held in late August in New York as of now.
Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis. It governs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women.
The Women's Tennis Association was founded in June 1973 by Billie Jean King. When the Women's Tennis Association was founded, Billie Jean King was one of nine players that comprised the WTA, also referred to as the Original 9, that included Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kristy Pigeon, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, and Rosie Casals. Today, the WTA has more than 2,500 players from nearly 100 countries competing for $146 million in prize money.