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ATP And WTA Scraps All European Clay Events Amid Coronavirus Crises

There will be no play until the week commencing June 7th at the earliest.

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There will be competitive tennis tournaments for the next three months following a joint decision made by the governing bodies of both the men’s and women’s tour.

 

The ATP and WTA have published a statement in which they said that the suspension was required due to the ‘continuing outbreak of Covid-19.’ It has been reported today that there have been more than 200,000 cases of the Coronavirus worldwide. The world of tennis has already been halted since the start of this month due to the outbreak.

“The professional tennis season is now suspended through 7 June 2020, including the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour. At this time, tournaments taking place from 8 June 2020 onwards are still planning to go ahead as per the published schedule.” A statement reads.

In light of the action, the entire ranking system has been frozen. Meaning that players will no longer have to worry about being unable to defend points they earned on the tour last year. It is the longest suspension to have ever struck the sport with there also being ongoing concern about the upcoming grass-court season, which takes place in June.

The announcement comes a day after the French Open stunned many by changing the dates of their event until the last week of September. Which is one week after the conclusion of the US Open and has put the future of numerous tournaments set to be played during that time in serious doubt.

Whilst there were no specific mention of the French Open, both the ATP and WTA have called for the world of tennis to ‘not act unilaterally, but in unison.’ A seemingly direct jibe at the French Tennis Federation (FFT), who made the decision about the grand slam.

“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.” The two governing bodies said.
“Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison. 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, ITF, AELTC, Tennis Australia, and USTA.”

The next scheduled grand slam is Wimbledon, which is set to get underway on June 29th. Although it has recently been announced that one of the Uk’s biggest festivals, Glastonbury, has been cancelled. The event concludes a day before Wimbledon starts.

“While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society. We thank all of our members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge.” AELTC Chief Executive Richard Lewis recently said.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has also suspended their tournaments until June 8th in line with the other two bodies. Their decision relates to all ITF junior, beach, wheelchair and senior tournaments. The ITF is in charge of both the Davis and Fed Cups, which has already been suspended.

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Dominic Thiem beats Andrey Rublev in a high-quality match at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-4 in a high-quallty match to take the lead in his round-robin group at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Thiem converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Rublev broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Thiem earned his second break at 15 to win the first set 7-5.

The Austrian player converted his only break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and saved Rublev’s only break point chance to seal the second set 6-4 on his third match point.

The 2020 Australian Open finalisti s the only player in his group with two wins.

Dennis Novak bounced back from the defeat in his opening match with a 6-1 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubts about travelling to New York for the US Open and commits to the Madrid Mutua Open

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Rafael Nadal has cast doubts about travelling to New York to play at the US Open and could not defend the title he won last year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will play at the Madrid Mutua Open, which will be held from 12 to 20 September one week after the US Open. The Madrid Mutua Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome are the two clay Masters 1000 tournaments leading to the French Open, which will be held from 27th September to 11th October 2020.

 

“Rafael has confirmed his participation in Madrid. I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September. We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”, said Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

Last year Nadal won his fourth title in New York and the 19th Grand Slam trophy of his career beating Danil Medvedev in five sets. He also won 12 Roland Garros titles, two Wimbledon titles and the Australian Open once.

Novak Djokovic, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the Adria Tour, has not committed to play the US Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Roberto Bautista Agut to take the lead in his round robin group at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 to take the lead in the Soccer Coin round-robin group at the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

Both players earned two break points in the opening set, but they held their serve in the first sixth games. Berrettini converted his second break point chance in the seventh game to take a 4-3. The 2019 US Open semifinalist saved two break points in his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

The second set went on serve in the first four games. Berrettini earned two break points and did not face a single break point chance in the second set. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game at love to take a 3-2 lead. The world number 8 player went up a double break in the ninth game to clinch the second set 6-3.

With two wins in the first two matches Berrettini will face Karen Khachanov in the third and final match of the round robin group. Berrettini hit five aces and won 71% of his first serve points.

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