WTA adds Albany event as US Open tune-up

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28: Yingying Duan of China and Veronika Kudermetova of Russia pose with their trophy after defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Elise Mertens of Belgium during 2019 Wuhan Open doubles final match at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2019 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Tao Zhang/Getty Images)

The Women’s Tennis Association has announced a number of changes to its schedule after announcing its 2020 calendar.

Most notably, there will be a new tournament next August in Albany, in upstate New York, ahead of the US Open. The Albany Open will replace the Tournoi de Québec, which was last held in 2018. According to the WTA calendar, there will be another as-yet-undisclosed tournament during the same week.

Elsewhere, a new hard court Premier event will be staged in Adelaide in preparation of the Australian Open. The Adelaide International replaces the Sydney International, which has been axed due to a clash with the new ATP Cup in Sydney.

The grass court season will now encompass two tournaments in Germany: a Premier event in Berlin, and a new International event in Bad Homburg. Meanwhile, Lyon will host a new indoor hard court event in early March.

The 32 WTA International level tournaments will also enjoy a 10 percent prize money increase, with each tournament offering a purse of at least $275,000.