WTA cancel all tournaments until April 20

andrew hendrie:

No WTA tournaments will be staged for at least the next five weeks due to the rapid worldwide outbreak of coronavirus.

While all tournaments on the ATP Tour, Challenger Tour and ITF circuits have been suspended until April 27, the WTA Tour has stopped short of cancelling the start of the European clay season at this stage.

The ATP has suspended the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Barcelona Open and Hungarian Open, originally scheduled between April 12-26, but the WTA Tour has left the door open for their own tournaments in Stuttgart (Porsche Tennis Grand Prix) and Istanbul (Istanbul Open) to go ahead as planned from April 20.

The WTA released various statements on Thursday, cancelling the Miami Open in Florida, the Volvo Car Open in Charleston and Copa Claro Colsanitas in Bogota, along with the WTA $125k event in Guadalajara, Mexico.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said a decision on the start of the European clay swing will be made next week.

“Due to safety and health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, as well as the travel restrictions imposed on entering the United States from Europe, the Miami Open and the Volvo Car Open in Charleston will not be held at this time,” he “said.

“There isn’t anything more important than protecting the health of our players, staff, volunteers, and fans who attend our events, along with the general public. We are disappointed but the decision has been made in the interest of public health and safety, which is the top priority.  The WTA, working alongside our player and tournament leaders, will make a decision in the week ahead regarding the European clay court season.”

The WTA also released a short statement on the status of Guadalajara and Bogota, both of which were suspended later on Thursday.

“The local and national Colombian governments took measures today to cancel all public and private sports events of more than 500 people, as well as impose international border closures and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.As such, the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota will not be held. Additionally, the WTA 125k in Guadalajara, Mexico has been cancelled. We are disappointed these events can not be held, but health and safety will always come first.”

The inaugural Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary was postponed earlier in the week.