ATP suspends play until July 31

May 19, 2020 10:28 AM

Due to ongoing concerns surround the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATP has elected to extend its suspension of play until July 31, 2020.

Officials made the decision in conjunction with several Tour members knowing it will affect tournaments across the globe, including two in the United States - Newport, R.I. and Atlanta, Ga. This extended suspension will also apply to the ATP Challenger Tour and men's ITF events.

Tournament Director Jeff Ryan says this announcement does not affect the Winston-Salem Open at this time. "We are now the focus, though, of a small group of events which could represent the re-opening of tennis."

The hope is the tournament, scheduled for August 22 through 29 at Wake Forest University, would be able to welcome fans, but Ryan says the leadership team is examining several options. "We are modeling a fanless event, similar to what the U.S. Open has been looking at, but we have some different challenges to address."

The board of directors and tournament staff continue to monitor developments on a daily basis and are in constant communication with the governing bodies of tennis as well as governmental and public health agencies. "The safety of our community, volunteers, fans and players is really our top priority," adds Ryan.

The Winston-Salem Open expects to be able to provide another tournament update by mid-June.