(Hamburg – Mai 15 2020) – The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has extended the suspension of the ATP Tour through to July 31, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision, made in close collaboration with Tour members, means the Hamburg European Open and the ATP events in Bastad (Sweden), Kitzbühel (Austria), Los Cabos (Mexico), Gstaad (Switzerland), Umag (Croatia), Atlanta and Newport (both USA) will not take place as scheduled. The extended suspension also applies to the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour.
“Since there was no alternative, we expected the decision by the ATP. We are now focussing on a possible postponement of the tournament. Therefore, we have to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19 and we will wait for the next decisions of the ATP and the International Tennis Federation ITF regarding the North American swing, in particular the US Open ”, tournament director Sandra Reichel said. The Hamburg European Open will not be held as scheduled July 11th to July 19th 2020.
“Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce our decision to extend the suspension of the Tour,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman. “Just like tennis fans, players and tournament hosts all over the world, we share in the disappointment the Tour continues to be affected in this way. We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season. As ever, the health and well-being of the tennis community and wider public remains our top priority in every decision we make.”
Tournaments taking place from August 1, 2020 onwards are still planning to proceed as per the published schedule. A further update on the ATP Tour calendar is expected in mid-June.