The ATP on Friday produced an ad hoc calendar designed to squeeze in as many events as possible into the last three months of the COVID-interrupted season.

The men’s sanctioning body will plough ahead with events every week starting with the “Cincinnati” Masters to be played in New York from next weekend.

That is due to be followed by the no-fan, player-isolation US Open, which will be played without fans but is due to offer 95 per cent of last year’s prize money..

The re-start will go all-in to try and make up for some of the weeks lost since the virus lockdown which began in March.

The second week of the Open will also be the date for a European ruin of clay events, beginning with Kitzbuehel and followed by Rome and Hamburg.

The rescheduled French Open is due to begin on September 27 – crowd size unknown pending government approval.

After that major, the season begins the run-up to the ATP Finals in London from November 15 which will be played without fans.

Events set to fill in the gap are:  St Petersburg (from October 12), Antwerp and Moscow (October 19),Vienna (October 26),  Paris Masters (November 2) and Sofia (November 9).

Under the updated schedule the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, will now be scheduled one week earlier, in the week previously assigned to the recently cancelled Mutua Madrid Open, and will have a Monday final.

The Rome event will be followed by the ATP 500 Hamburg European Open in the week prior to Roland Garros.

The updated schedule includes the final section of the calendar comprising the European indoor swing, including events in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Open), Antwerp (European Open), Moscow (VTB Kremlin Cup), Vienna (Erste Bank Open), Paris (Rolex Paris Masters), Sofia (Sofia Open) ahead of the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Among the changes, the St. Petersburg Open will be elevated to ATP 500 status for its 2020 edition.

Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said: “Tennis is starting to find its way back and, while we must first and foremost look after the health and safety of everyone involved, we are hopeful we will be able to retain these playing opportunities and produce a strong finish to the season. I would like to commend the tournaments for their continued commitment, flexibility and resourcefulness in finding solutions to operate under these challenging circumstances.”

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi

The ATP continues to explore options for additional events to be added to the schedule, including opportunities to issue a limited number of single-year licenses for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The provisional calendar remains subject to change and continued assessments will be made relating to health & safety, international travel policies, and governmental approval of sporting events. All events will be held under strict guidelines related to health & safety, social distancing, reduced or no fans on-site.

The revised calendar also provides confirmation that the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan will not take place in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.


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