After the health authorities in New York gave the green light to host this year’s US Open despite the corona pandemic at the end of August, the decision about a possible tournament date for the Hamburg European Open has been postponed.
“It was clear to us that if the US Open sticks to its scheduled date with an extensive hygiene concept, the tournament calendar in September will be too busy until the French Open,” said tournament director Sandra Reichel on Wednesday. “The ATP clay-court masters events in Rome and Madrid take precedence between the two Grand Slams.”
According to the ATP, a decision concerning a possible new date for the traditional ATP 500 tournament, which was originally scheduled for July 11 to 19, 2020, can be expected in about a month. “We continue to review options for dates later in the year. A further update on the intended schedule beyond Roland-Garros is expected in mid-July,” said Executive Vice President of ATP Europe, David Massey. “Our objective has been to reschedule as many tournaments as possible and salvage as much of the season as we can. It has been a truly collaborative effort and we hope to add more events to the calendar as the situation evolves“, added Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman.
“We are monitoring further developments on the tour very closely. And we work very closely with our partners – with the ATP, the German Tennis Association (DTB) and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg,” said Sandra Reichel. “Our great common goal is that the wonderful Rothenbaum Stadium, which has been modernized, can still be inaugurated with a tennis event in 2020. In case that the Hamburg European Open cannot take place this year, an exhibition tournament could be held.“ DTB President Ulrich Klaus has already announced his full support: “I appreciate the efforts. Our new stadium and the tennis city of Hamburg deserve to experience great live-tennis this year.”
On Wednesday, the USTA announced that the 2020 US Open will be held without spectators at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York on August 31 to September 13. The ATP has issued a revised provisional calendar that sets a pathway for the resumption of the Tour for the first time since the suspension of professional tennis in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following New York, the Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, ATP Masters 1000 events on clay in Madrid and Rome, respectively, will take place in September ahead of Roland-Garros in Paris on 27 September to 11 October.
Tickets for the Hamburg European Open 2020 that have already been purchased will initially remain valid. As soon as a decision has been made to host the Hamburg European Open 2020, our customers will be informed in detail about the specific procedure on the tournament website at www.hamburg-open.com, via the newsletter and the social media channels of the event.