ATP, WTA Tours extend shutdowns through end of July

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Professional tennis will continue to remain on hiatus through at least the end of July amid the global Covid-19 pandemic after the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association extended the shutdown of their tours.

The ATP revealed that that eight more events – in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta, and Kitzbühel – have been called off. Meanwhile, the WTA canceled four events: also in Bastad, along with Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala.

The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.

“Just like tennis fans, players and tournament hosts all over the world, we share in the disappointment the Tour continues to be affected in this way,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement. “We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season.”

The WTA said in a statement: “We regret this is the case but will continue to be guided by medical experts for when it is safe and possible to return to WTA competition. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are hopeful to be back on the court as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, the International Tennis Federation also canceled its tournaments through July, including ITF Juniors, ITF Seniors, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, Beach Tennis Tour, and the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour.

Elsewhere, the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been called off. The event was scheduled to take place at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 18. Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored in 2021. The National Baseball Hall of Fame made a similar cancellation of its 2020 Induction Weekend because of Covid-19 and is also looking ahead to 2021, with the move resulting in a sizable economic blow to Cooperstown, New York.

Tennis’ US Open remains pencilled in for late August but it could be held at the United States Tennis Association National Campus in Orlando, Florida, or the the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California.

The US Open is the next grand slam on the provisional tennis calendar following the postponement of the French Open and cancellation of Wimbledon.