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Tennis tours stop until June for COVID-19; rankings frozen


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Tennis tours stop until June for COVID-19; rankings frozen

The ATP and WTA skilled tennis tours suspended all competitors by at the very least June 7 due to the brand new coronavirus pandemic and froze their rankings Wednesday “until further notice.”

In a uncommon joint assertion by the lads’s and ladies’s tours, they introduced that your entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” – a day after the beginning of the French Open, additionally performed on that floor, was postponed from May to September.

The French tennis federation’s go-it-alone choice to choose new dates and reschedule the start of its clay-court Grand Slam match for one week after the tip of the hard-court U.S. Open in New York prompted some shade from the fractured sport’s different governing our bodies.

“Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison,” the ATP-WTA assertion mentioned. “All decisions related to the impact of the coronavirus require appropriate consultation and review with the stakeholders in the game.”

It went on to say that’s “a view that is shared by” the ATP, WTA, International Tennis Federation and the teams that run the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open – the three non-French Grand Slam tournaments.



For most individuals, COVID-19 causes solely delicate or reasonable signs, equivalent to fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and folks with current well being issues, it could actually trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia.

The overwhelming majority of individuals get well from the brand new virus. According to the World Health Organization, folks with delicate sickness get well in about two weeks, whereas these with extra extreme sickness might take three to 6 weeks to get well.

As of now, the subsequent main championship on the tennis calendar is Wimbledon, which is scheduled to begin in England on June 29.

Its organizers and people answerable for the U.S. Open, which is slated to start on Aug. 31, have mentioned they don’t seem to be but able to make any modifications to their tournaments however are finding out the matter.

Shortly after the ATP-WTA announcement, the the ITF put a halt to its lower-tier occasions until June 7.

The tours mentioned final week they’d droop play until late April or early May.

The tournaments affected by Wednesday’s strikes embody mixed males’s and ladies’s occasions in Madrid and Rome.

Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, together with ATP occasions in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.

With gamers unable so as to add factors by successful matches, they gained’t lose them now, both, so will maintain their present spots within the ATP and WTA rankings until June – and presumably past.

The rankings of June 8, which was speculated to be the day after the French Open concluded, have been going to be the cutoff to assist decide qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It isn’t recognized whether or not that may change.

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More AP tennis protection: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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