ATP and WTA release revised calendar for 2020

andrewhendrie in News 18 Jun 2020
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Roland Garros (Photo Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports)

The ATP and WTA have released a provisional schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season, with tennis to resume from August until the end of the year.

The first professional tournament back will be in Palermo, Italy as the city hosts a WTA International event from August 3.

Meanwhile, Washington D.C. will host their 500-level Citi Open for the ATP on August 14 in the lead-up to the U.S. Open, which was given the green light to run from August 31 to September 13 earlier in the week.

The Western & Southern Open – a Masters 1000 event for the ATP and Premier-5 for the WTA – has shifted from Cincinnati to New York at Flushing Meadows and will be the final tournament held before the start of the U.S. Open.

Various tournaments will then be staged until the end of the season, including Roland Garros in Paris from September 27 to October 5.

The Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d’Italia will take place as lead-in events to the French Open from September 14 and September 21 respectively.

It’s anticipated that all tournaments will be held without fans and players will only be permitted to travel with essential personnel.

The calendar is subject to change regarding continued assessments on health and safety from medical experts, international travel policies and governmental approval on staging sporting events.

The WTA plan to hold an Asian swing culminating with its regular WTA Finals in Shenzhen, while the ATP have said they will release their schedule beyond Roland Garros in mid-July.

“Our objective has been to reschedule as many tournaments as possible and salvage as much of the season as we can,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman.

“It has been a truly collaborative effort and we hope to add more events to the calendar as the situation evolves. I would like to recognise our tournaments’ efforts to operate during these challenging times, as well as our players who will be competing under different conditions. At every turn, ensuring that the resumption of the Tour takes place in a safe environment will be paramount.”

The ATP Challenger Tour and WTA ITF circuit are set to resume from the week of August 17.

With current ATP and WTA rankings frozen since mid-March, officials say a decision on how to best move forward with points will be made in the coming weeks.