ATP Tour Finals to be played behind closed doors

The season-ending ATP Tour Finals in November can be held behind closed doorways in London as a result of coronavirus pandemic, organisers introduced after publishing an up to date calendar on Friday.

The event options the highest eight singles gamers and eight greatest doubles pairings, and can happen on the O2 Area from 15-22 November.

The ATP stated the choice was taken according to present British authorities steering, though it nonetheless hopes some followers could possibly attend.

“ATP stays hopeful that later this 12 months followers can be allowed to return into stadia in a socially distanced method, following a sequence of pilot occasions being undertaken within the UK,” learn a press release.

This 12 months’s version would be the final to be staged in London earlier than the occasion strikes to Turin in 2021.

The Italian Open in Rome has been introduced ahead by per week to 14 September, with the Hamburg Open – initially scheduled for mid-July – rearranged for 19-27 September, the week earlier than Roland Garros.

The Hamburg occasion can be performed at a renovated Rothenbaum Tennis Stadium, which has a capability of 10 000 seats. 

Nonetheless, the variety of spectators permitted can be lowered because of social distancing measures in Germany.

The provisional revised calendar additionally consists of tournaments in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Antwerp, Vienna and Sofia, whereas the Paris Masters will run from 2-Eight November.

“Tennis is beginning to discover its means again and, whereas we should initially take care of the well being and security of everybody concerned, we’re hopeful we can retain these taking part in alternatives and produce a robust end to the season,” stated ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

Nonetheless, the Asian swing has been cancelled following a five-month virus suspension, together with the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The ATP season is about to renew on 22 August with the Western & Southern Open, which has been moved from Cincinnati to New York, earlier than the US Open, which can be held 31 August -13 September.

The ladies’s WTA tour restarted in Palermo, Italy, on three August.

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