18 Jun Tennis Ireland welcomes ITF announcement on the resumption of the ITF World Tennis Tour
Tennis Ireland welcomed the announcement today by the International Tennis Federation that the ITF World Tennis Tour will resume from 3 August for the women’s events and 17 August for the men’s events and both will include singles qualifying, main draw singles and doubles rounds. This follows the announcements made today by the ATP, WTA, USTA and FFT regarding the resumption of the tours and the staging of the US Open and Roland Garros.
The ITF is currently finalising a provisional calendar of ITF World Tennis Tour events from 3 August to 27 September, which will be available on www.itftennis.com
While the ITF is keen to see as many tournaments scheduled as possible in order to maximise playing opportunities for athletes around the world, they want to ensure the health and safety of the athletes. They have outlined that the decision for an event to be held will remain at the discretion of individual tournaments to determine if it is feasible for their event to go ahead, and with the appropriate health, safety and integrity infrastructure in place. Tournaments will be played without spectators, unless local or national government regulations explicitly permit fans to attend sporting events.
As with the ATP and WTA provisional calendars, the ITF World Tennis Tour calendar is subject to change. The ITF expects that approximately 80 per cent of ITF World Tennis Tour events that would normally have been scheduled during the August-September period will be played this year and anticipates that more nations will apply to host tournaments as restrictions ease in those countries.
Ranking points have been frozen since 16 March 2020. The ITF continues to discuss with the ATP and WTA Tours the most appropriate and fair reintroduction of ranking points across World Tennis Tour events.
At this stage, the planned resumption of international competition relates only to the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour. The ITF is mindful that players competing on the junior tennis, senior tennis, wheelchair tennis and beach tennis tours want to resume international competition as soon as possible, and further updates will be provided regarding these tours in due course.
David Haggerty, ITF President, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for our sport and, while acknowledging that there will still be challenges ahead, we are pleased that international tour competition will be able to resume in August. Restoring earning opportunities for athletes at the earliest possible opportunity – in a manner which protects the health and safety of all involved – has been a priority throughout this period.
“The sport has come together to support players financially during the pandemic and we will continue to work with our partners from across the tennis world – the tours, the Grand Slams and our 210 member National Associations – as we aim to safely resume international competition.”