Tennis Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
Professional Tennis Tournaments have been postponed globally until April. This follows after the “Association of Tennis Professional” confirmed through a press conference that a six-week postponement would follow. This is because of the increasing health concerns regarding the coronavirus, with the safety of attendees and participants being a significant priority. That’s why both the ATP Challenger Tour & Regular Tour have been cancelled until April 27th. This extends to the Women’s Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation, who both confirmed that postponements would last until April 20th.
The ATP Chairman noted that this decision wasn’t taken lightly and that it’s a substantial loss for our supporters. However, multiple governing associations and professional players agree that this decision is best to ensure the safety of the overall tennis community. These safety precautions extend to the general public as well, with this global pandemic being unprecedented in the modern era. It should be mentioned that staff were willing to walk off the job if cancellations weren’t implemented, forcing the hand of the ATP regardless.
Statements from representatives with the ATP expressed that the global nature of Tennis requires international travel, which has been postponed by multiple nations under newly formed restrictions. Were having to continually monitor the situation daily to determine when the ATP Tour, WTA Championship and ITF Tournament can resume. This task has proven to be challenging for multiple sporting associations, including MLS and the Premier League.
The Cancelled Venues
Following the confirmation to cancel professional matchup’s or tournaments, multiple venues have confirmed their closure. This includes the events slated for Charleston, Miami, Bogota and Guadalajara. Middle Eastern tournaments under the ATP Challenger Tour in Kazakhstan was cancelled on March 14th. This extended to additional matchups under this league in South Africa. When it applies to the World Tennis Tour, events were cancelled at the Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.
It’s suspected that all these notable cancellations will cause significant issues for tournament owners, who will lose hundreds of millions in respective contract agreements. There are also substantial concerns that ATP and WTA Players will begin losing access to their monthly funds, with these competitors earning money from their professional careers. Neither governing association has provided details on potential reimbursement.