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By Tennis Now | Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 
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The ATP and WTA have extended the suspension of the Tours until June 7th due to the coronavirus.

Photo credit: Christopher Levy

The spring clay-court season is over before it began.

The ATP and WTA have extended the suspension of the Tours until June 7th due to the coronavirus.

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The move cancels the spring clay-court season.

"After careful consideration, and due to the continuing outbreak of COVID-19, all ATP and WTA tournaments tin the Spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled," the tours announced in a joint statement. "This includes the combined ATP/WTA tournaments in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon. "




The Tours announced a freeze on rankings and aim to resume play for June grass-court season.

"The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour," the Tours announced. "At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule.

"In parallel, the FedEx ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings will be frozen throughout this period and until further notice."

However, give the escalating coronavirus crisis that timetable seems very ambitious.

Some have suggested the pro circuit likely won't resume until later in the summer as group gatherings are limited in an effort to diminish the spread of COVID-19.

The ATP and WTA said they are "assessing all options" when it comes to scheduling, which could lead to more major revision.

"The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand greater collaboration than ever from everyone in the tennis community in order for the sport to move forward collectively in the best interest of players, tournaments and fans," the Tours announced. "We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximising the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time.

"We are committed to working through these matters with our player and tournament members, and the other governing bodies, in the weeks and months ahead."

 

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