With no tennis scheduled until at least July 13th there have been some updates over Easter Weekend with some key decisions to be made and also one tournament in August which is where I’ll begin.
Rogers Cup in Montreal cancelled for 2020!
The Quebec government in Canada have announced all sporting events must be cancelled up until 31st of August.
The WTA event in Montreal will not take place this year as a result. Organisers did give themselves a small window of 24 hours to talk to the WTA and look at potentially moving it but the decision has been made to cancel this years event and Montreal will re-host in 2021.
Montreal and Toronto usually take it in turns hosting the ATP and WTA event which run simultaneously on different sites but for 2021 things will remain in their current places.
This announcement from the Quebec government has no effect on Toronto which for now will still go ahead on the ATP Calendar but as we know nothing is set in stone right now.
ATP & WTA to make summer decision by June 1st
The ATP and WTA are set to make a decision on the summer schedule by June 1st. It is uncertain how long this could be pushed back further before another decision but it expected to affect all tennis up to and including the US Open which is of course under its own decision.
It’s understood they would like a little bit more time as cancelling the event is not ideal at all for them. They were looking at pushing it back but that gap Roland Garros took is out of the question and it leads no spot left without major clashes.
The summer has seen one of the women’s warm-ups cancelled in Montreal and I wouldn’t be surprised if Toronto followed soon.
ATP & WTA launch Tennis United
The ATP and WTA have come together to launch a new weekly show which will air online on a Friday.
It will be hosted by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vasek Pospisil and they will have guests, interviews and discussions on the show!
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Donna Vekic, Sofia Kenin and Jannik Sinner will be on the first one on Friday but not sure on the time, keep an eye on ATP/WTA channels!
Madrid is happening, sort of…
Some good news before I go on about postponements and cancelations as a version of the Mutua Madrid Open will go ahead.
32 players (16 men and 16 women) will go head to head in a bid to win the virtual pro version of Madrid. This will be played on the playstation. So far they have announced Kiki Bertens, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal amongst others to play with more names to be revealed soon!
They have teamed up with Tennis World Tour video game creators to create Manola Santana stadium and players will play each other.
Each draw will have sixteen players split into four groups of four and the top player from each group will go onto the knockout stages and so on.
There is prize money involved with €150,000 each for both men and women in which the winner will decide how that gets split:
the winners will be able to decide on how much they donate to the tennis players currently suffering economically, and an additional 50,000 euros that will all go towards reducing the social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Looks like good fun!
Refunds or Re-use?
People have talking about what to do if you have tickets?
You should have received an email from a cancelled tournament about either re-using your ticket for that day next year or a refund. All information can be found on websites.
Some tournaments are a little slow on this as they are looking at rescheduling however you are still in your right to request a refund for a ticket you bought which is important to remember. Any reschedule doesn’t mean you can’t get one.
One tournament that has come under pressure is Queens Club, they have announced a full value refund but in an email sent to ticket holders there is a loop hole. No refunds will be processed and back in peoples accounts until July despite the tournament taking place in the second to last week of June. No reason has been answered as to why!
No vaccine, no tennis?
As this continues pressure will grow on the tours to potentially call off the 2020 season and begin again in 2021.
Obviously players haven’t been vocal on this potentially happening but Amelie Mauresmo has made herself clear on the situation:
I agree with Amelie, I want to see tennis back as soon as possible but health and safety comes first! Once a vaccine is found this doesn’t end overnight as distributing it across the world is going to take time.