The WTA on Friday announced a boatload of tournament changes, with the pre-Wimbledon date of Nottingham apparently a question mark.
With COVID-19 still a major factor in all Tour scheduling, the women’s sanctioning body has had to scramble to cobble together a summer schedule, adding lower-level 125 events to give journeywomen players more earning chances in the current restricted environment,
The calendar only extends out to late August prior to the start of the US Open.
The June 7 week of Nottingham is listed as “under discussion.”
The ill-starred August Washington tournament has been canned, with a move to Poland on the cards.
Changes to the schedule include:
– Week 20 (May 17) – Anning, China moves to Belgrade, Serbia (2021 only)
– Week 21 (May 24) – Strasbourg moves to week 21 with Roland Garros taking place in weeks 22-23
– Week 23 (June 7) – Nottingham under discussion, update forthcoming
– Week 28 (July 12) – WTA 250 tournament in Bucharest, Romania moves to Budapest, Hungary
– Week 28 (July 12) – WTA 250 Prague moves from May to the summer and changes from clay to hardcourt
– Week 29 (July 19) – Washington, DC moves to Gdynia, Poland and changes from hardcourt to red clay
– Week 34 (August 23) – New WTA 250 hardcourt event in Cleveland, Ohio
“We are excited to announce the next series of events on the 2021 Tour calendar, as this season has already proven to be outstanding with the level of tennis we have witnessed thus far,: said WTA boss Steve Simon.
“We are especially appreciative of the commitment in which all the tournaments and players have put forth in order to operate efficiently and safely during these challenging times.”
“We are also very excited about our WTA 125 initiative as we look to grow the number of playing opportunities for our athletes to support their progression through the sport.”
While no details on the autumn event are yet available, the WTA is going ahead with plans to stage the year-end finals in Shenzhen, China, as scheduled.
Main photo:_ WTA president Scott Simon – courtesy WTA Tennis.com