Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has suspended all USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, League Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, Wheelchair Events and USTA Pro Circuit Events.
This does not include, as of yet, the April 26 – May 3 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships at The Boulevard in Vero Beach, a $15,000 event on the ITF World Tennis Tour.
The ATP Tour and WTA Tour also suspended its events until at least April 20. The ITF also postponed all ITF-owned and sanctioned events, across the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour, and ITF Seniors Tour.
“The health and safety of all players, staff, fans and volunteers are the foremost concern. This suspension is in effect through April 20,” said a statement from the USTA. “The USTA’s goal will be to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after April 20.”
The ITF will review the status of ITF events, including the ITF World Tennis Tour, on a weekly basis but no ITF events will take place until at least the week of Monday 20 April.
“We will work closely with our partners and other stakeholders, Regional and National Associations, to determine suitable alternative dates, with the goal of enabling the resumption of playing opportunities across each category as soon as the situation allows,” said the ITF in a statement. “The health and safety of players, player support teams, event staff and spectators must be the priority. It is not possible to predict the length of time that tennis as a whole will be affected by COVID-19, but we will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.”
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