The professional tennis tour has been officially put on halt until July 13, 2020. The announcement came after the cancellation of grass-court major Wimbledon, which was been called off for the first time since World War II. Reportedly, the tennis layover will be extended by a few more weeks, but ATP/WTA has not given any official statement.
Meanwhile, the Spanish Tennis Federation is working on organizing a series of four 125k events. Since there won’t be any ATP action in the month of July, according to Spanish publication MARCA, numerous Top-100 players from the ATP Tour have enrolled to feature at tournaments in Spain, which will be starting on July 10, 2020.
Also, the federation has managed to raise a total sum of 600,000 euros to carry out the tournaments.
The competition will be taking place in the following venues, the Lleida Tennis Club, Madrid Country Club, Academia Equelite de Villena, and the Betis Tennis Club, in Seville. Speaking about the format of the events, two of them will take place in a team format. And the other two will have regular singles/doubles draw.
In Spain, the lockdown was eased down on May 11, 2020. The authorities have also allowed their citizens to practice sports activities.
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Tennis in the United States of America
Meanwhile, in the western part of the world, the state of Florida in the USA was hosting UTR Pro Match Series. The American Reilly Opelka won the finals by beating Miomir Kecmanovic 4-3 2-4 4-2.
“It was a long day. I have only been practicing an hour and a half max. My quarantine was holding me down out there. I am sore. It’s a good feeling. I am not complaining about being tired,” said Opelka.
World Number 29 Hubert Hurkacz also participated in the tournament in Florida, USA. “That was great. I have been practicing this shot with my coach Craig Boynton, and I have missed 20 in a row. Yeah, I made one, finally,” said Hurkacz.
The resumption of regular tennis is still up in the air, hopefully the year-end tournaments will take place as per schedule.