Coronavirus: All tennis cancelled until 20th April….

No professional tennis tournaments will be played anywhere in the world until at least 20 April. The ATP Tour has postponed all play for six weeks because of “escalating health and safety issues” arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

All tournaments on the men’s ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour have been cancelled until 27 April. No WTA tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks, either, with ITF events also on hold until 20 April. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” said the ATP chairman. Andrea Gaudenzi added: “It represents a great loss for our tournaments, players, and fans worldwide. “However, we believe this is the responsible action needed at this time in order to protect the health and safety of our players, staff, the wider tennis community and general public health in the face of this global pandemic. “The worldwide nature of our sport and the international travel required presents significant risks and challenges in today’s circumstances, as do the increasingly restrictive directives issued by local authorities. We continue to monitor this on a daily basis and we look forward to the Tour resuming when the situation improves.”

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