The ATP has announced that the suspension of the 2020 season will continue through July 31st, making the list of cancelled tournaments greater than 40.
The ATP has officially announced that the tour will extend its suspension through July 31st. This means all tournaments scheduled to begin in July are to be cancelled, with the Citi Open in Washington DC being the first event yet to have any decision made.
All tournaments through the above date have been suspended, most notably the ATP 500 Hamburg Open and Hall of Fame Open in Newport. Other included ATP tournaments are Bastad, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta, and Kitzbuhel, all of which are 250 events on the ATP Tour.
“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,” ATP Tour CEO Andre Gaudenzi said.
The WTA have also cancelled all four of their events in July (Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala). Two of their events, in Karlsruhe and Palermo, are scheduled for the last few days in July and finish in the beginning of August. The WTA is monitoring that situation closely to see if those will be the first tournaments in action or if they’ll be suspended like the others in July.
“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,” a WTA spokesperson said.
With the (RE)Open 2020 in full swing, local tournaments can still be played in countries with eased lockdown restrictions. Tournaments have been planned for Austria and Germany and the UTR Pro Series was recently completed in Florida. As more countries open up, the number of private tournaments will increase, allowing for players to earn prize money while no regular tournaments are in play.
Regardless of the amount of tournaments that are being played, there are still a large number of lower-ranked players in need of a more consistent income. With the relief fund at a standstill and suspension dates extended, it’s likely it won’t come for a while.
As the suspension continues on, we’ll keep up with any updates on Tour and any new breakthroughs in the return to tennis in 2020.