In response to the coronavirus crisis, the ATP and WTA Tours have suspended all tennis through to June 7th, an extension of the original suspension that was due to end in April.
This means the entire Spring clay-court swing will not be held as scheduled. With the Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome, along with the WTA events in Strasbourg and Rabat and ATP events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon all cancelled.
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.
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.
All decisions related to the impact of the coronavirus require appropriate consultation and review with the stakeholders in the game, a view that is shared by ATP, WTA, International Tennis Federation, All England Lawn Tennis Club, Tennis Australia, and United States Tennis Association. Joint statement by ATP & WTA
Tournaments beginning on 8 June onwards are planning to go ahead as scheduled but this is, of course, subject to change as the turmoil affecting all walks of life looks set to continue.
Full List of Affected ATP and WTA Tournaments
|Tournament||Tour||Date||Cancelled / Postponed|
|BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells||Joint||12/03/2020 – 22/03/2020||Yes|
|Miami Open||Joint||25/03/2020 – 05/04/2020||Yes|
|U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Houston||ATP||06/04/2020 – 12/04/2020||Yes|
|Grand Prix Hassan II, Marrakech||ATP||06/04/2020 – 12/04/2020||Yes|
|Volvo Car Open, Charleston||WTA||06/04/2020 – 12/04/2020||Yes|
|Copa Colsanitas, Bogota||WTA||06/04/2020 – 12/04/2020||Yes|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||ATP||12/04/2020 – 19/04/2020||Yes|
|Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart||WTA||20/04/2020 – 26/04/2020||Yes|
|Istanbul Open||WTA||20/04/2020 – 26/04/2020||Yes|
|J&T Banka Prague Open||WTA||20/04/2020 – 26/04/2020||Yes|
|Barcelona Open||ATP||20/04/2020 – 26/04/2020||Yes|
|Hungarian Open||ATP||20/04/2020 – 26/04/2020||Yes|
|Munich Open||ATP||27/04/2020 – 03/05/2020||Yes|
|Estoril Open||ATP||27/04/2020 – 03/05/2020||Yes|
|Madrid Open||Joint||03/05/2020 – 10/05/2020||Yes|
|Rome Masters||Joint||10/05/2020 – 17/05/2020||Yes|
|Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open||ATP||17/05/2020 – 23/05/2020||Yes|
|Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon||ATP||17/05/2020 – 23/05/2020||Yes|
|Internationaux de Strasbourg||WTA||17/05/2020 – 23/05/2020||Yes|
|Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat||WTA||17/05/2020 – 23/05/2020||Yes|
|Roland Garros||Grand Slam||24/05/2020 – 06/07/2020||Yes, moved to 20th September|
Ranking Points Frozen
With the suspension, both ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings will be frozen throughout this period.
The reasoning here is because players are unable to add points by winning matches, then they won’t lose them either which seems like the most sensible option.
That means all players will hold their current spots in the ATP and WTA rankings until June – and possibly beyond if the suspension is extended.
You can see how both tours will look below when play hopefully resumes on June 8th.
ATP Rankings For June 8th
WTA Rankings For June 8th
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