WTA Tour

WTA boss hoping to return to action in June

2020-03-28 15:44
Steve Simon
Steve Simon (wtatennis.com)

WTA CEO Steve Simon admits the tennis season could be delayed beyond June, but remains hopeful the grass-court season will go ahead as planned.

With sport across the globe thrown into disarray due to the coronavirus pandemic, tennis officials were forced to suspend all tournaments until 7 June.

Simon says the WTA's first priority is to look after the players, officials and fans.

"Obviously, the WTA family is going through the same things that everyone else in the world is going through," he told Tennis Channel.

"I think we're certainly healthy at this point of time and in good spirits.

"I also hope that's true with all of the tennis fans as well. It's unprecedented times and we're all going to get through this together.

"Like everyone else in the world right now, we're looking at all of the data and taking all of the information we've received from the medical experts, the local governments with respect to the restrictions that are in place."

The entire clay-court campaign has already been wiped out, but the powers that be have pencilled in 8 June, the start of the grass-court season, as the return date.

Simon says it is a case of wait and see.

"The WTA and tennis is a little bit unique because it's global," he added.

"All of the travel restrictions and the challenges being faced are certainly going to affect us in being able to move players along.

"Currently, we're hopeful to play again with our grass-court season, which begins June 8, but we're also realistic.

"We also realise it could be delayed even further. First and foremost is the safety of our athletes, our staff and, of course, the fans that come to the events.

"We want to be playing as soon as we possibly can. Hopefully, it's June, but if not we're hopeful for the summer hard-court season back here in the States."

- TEAMtalk media

Read more on:    wta tour  |  tennis

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.