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ATP Tour suspension extended until July 31

ATP Tour suspension extended until July 31”

The top regulatory body's of Tennis - ATP and WTA announced the extension of their Tours due to the Coronavirus crisis.

The WTA added that it'll present an replace in June on the tournaments scheduled for the latter half of July.

Reflecting on the same, ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi expressed disappointment to further extend the Tour due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Tennis Association has been weighing various options for its hard-court tournament, which is scheduled to begin main-draw play on 31 August, including staging it without spectators or moving it out of its home in NY to another state entirely. The statement said, "This decision has been taken following advice from tour members and means that Hamburg, Bastet, Newport, Las Cabos, Stadt, Umag, Atlantea and Kitzbuhle will not be on their schedule".

Among the other tournaments affected by Friday's decision are those located in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and Romania. The ITF supports these initiatives thanks to the partial lifting of government restrictions and has distributed guidelines for the return of tennis with appropriate measures of integrity, health and safety. "This cancellation is an even bigger reason for all of us to feel excited about July 2021 and the 31st edition of the tournament".

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The U.S. Open is scheduled to start on August 24 whereas the postponed French Open is now due to begin on September 20.

Shortly after the news was released, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) published a statement announcing the suspension, also until July 31, from all scheduled ITF circuits and event categories, including ITF Juniors, ITF Seniors, UNIQLO Tennis Chair Tennis Tour, Beach Tennis Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour for both men and women.

The women's tour also said "a decision regarding the dates in which" events in Palermo, Sicily (scheduled for July 20-26), and Karlsruhe, Germany (July 28 to August 2), "may be played" will be made in June.

Tennis greats Conchita Martinez of Spain and Croatian Goran Ivanisevic will now be inducted in 2021.

However, the ITF suspensions will not affect any of the Grand Slams with Wimbledon having already cancelled this year's championships.



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