Tennis is set to find out it’s fate for the rest of the season. A decision on the summer events in the USA is expected within the next two weeks and it could majorly impact what happens from now until the end of the season with multiple scenario’s still being considered.
According to leading Spanish sports newspaper MARCA the ATP has summoned players to a zoom meeting ahead of an announcement to outline what will happen for the rest of the season.
What are the scenarios before the US Open?
- The first tournament back on the WTA tour would be the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose but it is understood and expected to be postponed for this year.
- Washington (CitiOpen) which hosts a joint WTA and ATP event are unsure about hosting in early August. There is an interest to play the event before the US Open but could prove problematic.
- Cincinnati which is a joint ATP and WTA major event before the US Open is looking at the options and are apparently to moving 650 miles east to play at Flushing Meadows, New York creating a tennis bubble
- Prior to this the WTA event in Montreal (Rogers Cup) has been postponed but the ATP event in Toronto has not been postponed yet. Montreal was postponed as all sporting events before 31st of August were cancelled by the Quebec City government.
- It does seem more likely that the US Open will be played without fans
- The USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Centre is no longer being used as a temporary hospital as cases in New York fall
- Creating a tennis ‘bubble’ seems to be the logical idea for the US Open hence why it is being discussed to bring Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows which would rely on less travel from players.
- Likelihood that qualifying, juniors, wheelchair and potentially doubles tennis will not take place at the US Open
- A travel ‘bubble’ is also likely bringing in players from all around the world but with a limited entourage of just one person when many top players travel with big groups. Agents, coaches, physio, trainers and family
No US Open or American hard court swing?
In the case of there being no American hard court swing or no US Open it will mean the calendar will be clear until around 14th of September.
This decision could be made within the next two weeks.
If this is the case then plans will shift to producing an clay court season with the situation in Europe improving.
Hamburg are interested in putting on an event and Madrid and Rome have stated their intentions to play later this year. Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez has also said they would play behind closed doors.
Following that would be Roland Garros which if all does ahead could be moved back a couple more weeks and not start until early October. If the American swing doesn’t happen it could start around the 20th of September.
All of this should come out in the next week. Spanish paper MARCA says a decision is expected on the 10th of June and the players will be told around 3pm GMT.
This hopefully should also shed some light on the WTA Asia swing after the new Roland Garros date and what happens in the latter stages of the season.
One of the main concerns is the ATP Tour Finals in London and there is a lot of hope something will be communicated in the next tour update. The tour want to play as much as possible this year but there is no free date at the O2 Arena to move the tour finals to another date and if they are to move to another location it needs to be communicated ASAP so fans who have accommodation already booked can try and alter it.