ATP and WTA Tour confirm extension of 2020 season suspension due to coronavirus | Tennis | Sport

The ATP and WTA have both announced an extension to the ongoing suspension of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly disease has impacted the tennis calendar hard with the clay and grass court season’s cancelled.

On the ATP Tour, events in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel will no longer take place on the dates scheduled.

While on the WTA Tour, events in Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest, and Jurmala set for July will not be held.

“Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce our decision to extend the suspension of the Tour,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman.

“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.

“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.

“As ever, the health and well-being of the tennis community and wider public remains our top priority in every decision we make.”

There remains hope tennis can be played in the summer but a decision will be made on August’s tournaments next month.

August is a month-long build-up to the US Open with tournament across North America.

“The main risk is injury. So now we’ve just played for an hour and we already have small strains. So we need to go slowly and take some pleasure and we will leave real training sessions for later.

“The feeling of the racket is still there, what is more difficult is the service and the legwork. Our legs are heavy, it is like wearing clogs and the ball seems fast.

“It is complicated but at the same time we didn’t have much expectation. We just try to have some good sensations, but before seeing the high level we will need to wait a bit.”

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