ATP and WTA have issued a joint statement said that no men’s and women’s tennis events will take place across the world. They added that preparations will go on for tournaments to be played from June 8 onwards
London: The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have decided to extend the suspension of tennis tournaments till June 7, 2020, due the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Recently, the organisers of French Open Grand Slam too had postponed the tournament from May to September due to novel coronavirus.
Also read: French Open postponed due to coronavirus
Now, ATP and WTA have issued a joint statement said that no men’s and women’s tennis events will take place across the world. They added that preparations will go on for tournaments to be played from June 8 onwards.
Here is the joint statement by ATP, WTA
“After careful consideration, and due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, all ATP and WTA tournaments in the spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled. This includes the combined ATP/WTA tournaments in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon.
“The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour. At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule.
“In parallel, the FedEx ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings will be frozen throughout this period and until further notice.
“The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand greater collaboration than ever from everyone in the tennis community in order for the sport to move forward collectively in the best interest of players, tournaments and fans.
“We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximising the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time. We are committed to working through these matters with our player and tournament members, and the other governing bodies, in the weeks and months ahead.
“Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison. All decisions related to the impact of the coronavirus require appropriate consultation and review with the stakeholders in the game, a view that is shared by ATP, WTA, ITF, AELTC, Tennis Australia, and USTA.”
Last Updated 19, Mar 2020, 5:54 PM