Tennis tours coordinating possible rescheduling

As of now pro tennis will resume on July 13, but both men's and women's tour executives are looking for a way to reschedule tournaments missed due to COVID-19.

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April 7, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer following the men's singles final on day 13 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in London, England. Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 to win his fifth Wimbledon championship. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS

The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours are examining contingency plans for post-coronavirus rescheduling, including the possibility of pushing back the end of the 2020 season.

The heads of the WTA and ATP said Monday their groups are working together on ways to assemble a new calendar. Under consideration: moving postponed tournaments into weeks that already have events and making the season longer than it already is by playing past the tours’ originally slated November finishes.

As of now, all of pro tennis is suspended at least until July 13 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That is the day after Wimbledon was supposed to end; the All England Club announced last week it was canceling the oldest Grand Slam tournament for the first time since it was shelved from 1940-45 during World War II.

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