Professional Tennis Association (ATP) canceled all tournaments in the next six weeks, due to the influence of Covid-19.
Six ATP events were not organized as expected, including two ATP 1000 tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo and smaller tournaments in Houston, Marrakech, Barcelona and Hungary. Earlier, ATP also canceled the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells this week because of the complicated situation of Covid-19 in the US.
The decision to cancel a series of ATP awards came just a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 to be a global pandemic. “This is not an easy decision,” said ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi on March 12. “It causes great losses for the organizers of the tournament, the players as well as the fans. However, we believe this is a responsible and necessary action, to protect the health of the players. racket as well as the safety of the community.
ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for the next six weeks will also not be held. Challenger tournaments in progress such as Nur Saltan, Kazakhstan or Potchefstroom, South Africa are canceled midway. The same thing happens with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments.
The Professional Tennis Association is looking at the impact of the above decision on the scores of players on the ATP rankings. For canceled tournaments, it is likely that the scores won by the players in 2019 will be completely deducted.
If nothing changes, the male players will play again at the ATP 250 clay in Munich and Estoril from April 27. In the event that Covid-19 is not well controlled, summer Grand Slams such as Roland Garros (scheduled for May 24) and Wimbledon (June 29) may be canceled.
Players support the cancellation of the ATP series
Dominic Thiem and many colleagues regret, but accepting the cancellation is the best option when Covid-19’s situation becomes more and more complicated.
On March 9, Indian Wells was the first to announce a cancellation because of nCoV, and followed by six other tournaments. On the morning of March 13, the Professional Tennis Association (ATP) announced the cancellation of all tournaments in the next six weeks, due to the influence of Covid-19, including two Masters in Miami and Monte Carlo.