WTA issue update on further possible cancellations as coronavirus uncertainty continues

Michael Graham

The WTA say it is still biding its time before making any decisions on further suspension of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Currently, the season is due to resume on April 20 for the Istanbul Open after tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Guadalajara, Bogota and Stuttgart were all cancelled.

The world, however, appears no closer to getting the coronavirus crisis under control, so the WTA are keeping the options open for as long as they can.

“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,” a WTA spokeswoman said.

“We are in very active communications with the European clay-court events and the grass-court events.

“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.”

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