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The WTA has held back on scrapping additional months of its women’s season, with the sanctioning body sounding desperate to try and savage even a few upcoming clay tournaments.
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing cancellation of multiple sporting events and the ATP already writing off a a minimum the next six weeks of play, the WTA is scratching for an apparent medical miracle
The Florida-based body has said it wants to give itself some breathing room before running a red pencil through another month or two of potential competition.
The WTA has cancelled immediate tournaments in Charleston, Guadalajara and Bogota, running into early April after Indian Wells and Miami this month were written off..
“The WTA has an obligation to its members (both players and tournaments) to provide playing opportunities and we feel it’s best if we can offer a bit more time to see if such playing opportunities can take place,” Reuters quoted a spokesman as saying on Saturday.
“We are in very active communications with the European clay court events and the grass court events,” the WTA added.
“We believe it is prudent and respectful to move rapidly but at the same time to not simply react, to take the necessary time to look at and evaluate the European swing in the week ahead and have the proper conversations with our tournaments and players before making that decision.
“We expect to make our decision in the week ahead.”