The ATP season will make the fresh start on August 14 in Washington, with seven tournaments scheduled until the first week of October, including two Majors. The players were ready to embrace the first Masters 1000 event of the season in Indian Wells in March when the coronavirus halted the action for five months, canceling Wimbledon and the entire clay-swing.
The situation has improved since then and the season is ready for the restart, with the ATP working together with WTA, ITF, USTA and the FFT on creating a provisional calendar that is less than two months away.
The action will kick off on August 14 at the ATP 500 event in Washington, serving as the preparation for the first Masters 1000 event, Western & Southern Open, that will take place at Flushing Meadows a week before the US Open.
“Cincinnati” should serve as perfect preparation for the second Major of the season.
The organizers of the US Open will give their best to host the event from August 31, with no crowd, the qualifying draw and juniors, trying to reduce the number of people on-site and keep everyone safe. In the second week of the US Open, some competitors will have the opportunity to compete on clay in Kitzbuhel, with no top-10 stars unless they enter and lose at the US Open.
The clay-courters will have a chance to earn notable wins and points in Madrid and Rome, two Masters 1000 events that should serve as the final preparations ahead of the third Major of the season at Roland Garros from September 27.
Unlike the US Open, the organizers at Roland Garros are still hoping to gather some crowd and the qualifying draw, a feature that is missing in New York. The US Open singles field should contain 120 direct entries and eight wild cards.
At the moment, it is uncertain who will show up in New York, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic not liking the rules and restrictions. “Our objective has been to reschedule as many tournaments as possible and salvage as much of the season as we can,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman.
“It has been a truly collaborative effort and we hope to add more events to the calendar as the situation evolves. I would like to recognize our tournaments’ efforts to operate during these challenging times, as well as our players who will be competing under different conditions. At every turn, ensuring that the resumption of the Tour takes place in a safe environment will be paramount.”