The WTA, ATP Tour, and USTA have issued a joint statement regarding a ‘pause of play’ at the Cincinnati Masters.

The news comes as semi-finalist Naomi Osaka withdrew from the event as part of a BLM race protest.

” As a sport, tennis is collectively taking a stance against racial inequality and social injustice that once again has been thrust to the forefront in the United States.

“The USTA, ATP Tour, and WTA have decided to recognise this moment in time by pausing tournament play at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, August 27. Play will resume on Friday, August 28.”