ATP and WTA announce dates for tennis return

18 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Both the ATP and WTA have announced August returns to play, following tennis’s suspension during the coronavirus lockdown period.

The WTA will be the first to resume, returning with the Palermo Ladies Open on 3rd August and will provisionally include 20 tournaments.

The ATP, meanwhile, will resume its Tour on 14th August with the Citi Open in Washington DC.

"Our objective has been to reschedule as many tournaments as possible and salvage as much of the season as we can," said Andrea Gaudenzi, Chairman, ATP.

“It has been a truly collaborative effort and we hope to add more events to the calendar as the situation evolves. I would like to recognise our tournaments’ efforts to operate during these challenging times, as well as our players who will be competing under different conditions. At every turn, ensuring that the resumption of the Tour takes place in a safe environment will be paramount.”

The US Open will go ahead without fans from 31st August, but will not include wheelchair, junior or mixed doubles events, while the French Open is set to take place at Roland Garros on 27th September.

"Having assessed the global outlook for travel in the latter half of the year, working with our medical experts on providing the safest environment possible, and working through the diverse operational challenges for running events safely in the context of COVID-19, the WTA is pleased to release a calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season," added WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon. 

"For now, the vital energy of spectators in stadiums will be greatly missed, but our broadcast and social media partners are exploring new ways to engage with our fantastic fans. It is our sincere hope and desire that we will be able to return to play this summer."