ATP, WTA suspend tours until June, rankings frozen

The Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association have suspended all tournaments through at least June 7, and frozen their rankings “until further notice,” because of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The tournaments affected by the announcement include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome, as well as upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg and Rabat, along with ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva, and Lyon. It means the clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.”

For now, Wimbledon is safe. The grass court grand slam is scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 12.

In a rare joint statement, the men’s and women’s tours issued a thinly-veiled criticism of the French Tennis Federation, which announced it was moving the French Open to late September and early October without informing any other stakeholders in the sport to widespread anger.

The new French Open dates clash with a number of other tournaments later in the year, including the Laver Cup, and could possibly force a move of the US Open as well.

“Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison,” read the statement. “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.”

Meanwhile, the International Tennis Federation has postponed the World Tennis Tour, as well as other events under its jurisdiction, until June 8.

The ITF said in a statement: “The ITF, ATP, and WTA firmly believe it is better for everyone in the tennis community if we work together. We are committed to working through these matters with players, tournaments and our national and regional associations in the weeks and months ahead. More than ever, the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand collaboration and unity in order for us to do what is right for our fans, players and tournaments.”