COVID-19: Professional tennis suspended until June

All professional tennis tournaments have been suspended until June 7, ruling out the entire clay-our season, the sport’s two governing bodies have announced in a joint statement.

All men’s and women’s rankings have also been frozen until further notice.

The two bodies — the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) — said “now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison.”

“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 statement read.

The decision to extend the suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic comes after French Open organizers were criticized for moving the tournament to September.

Tournaments taking place from June 8 onwards are set to go ahead as planned, but the joint statement added: “We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximizing the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time.

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