ATP announces four new events in 2020

The updated schedule introduces two new back-to-back ATP 250 events in Cologne (Germany), Sardinia (Italy) and Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan).

Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action at the ATP 250 Tata Open in India.   -  FILE PHOTO/R. RAGU

The ATP has announced the addition of four new 250 events to the 2020 provisional schedule, as tennis continues its return following suspension of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be two new back-to-back ATP 250 events in Cologne (Germany, Indoor Hard) and new ATP 250 events in Sardinia (Italy, Clay), and Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan, Indoor Hard) issued as single-year licenses for 2020.

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The granting of licenses follows applications by tournament promoters and host localities subject to strict health and safety, international travel and the other requirements.

“Adding new events to the Tour calendar is a positive step given the many challenges our sport has faced this year, and I would like to thank all the event organisers on the calendar,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman. “Our goal was to create additional opportunities for players and entertainment for our fans, and to do so in a safe and practical way. We are delighted to have tennis back on court again and these new events will help us finish the year strongly, as we build towards the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals.”

WTA adds hardcourt event

The WTA circuit, which was the first to resume after the shutdown with an event in Italy on August 3, added a indoor hardcourt event which will be played in Ostrava from October 19-25.

The tournament will offer USD 528,500 in prize money and feature a 28-player singles main draw along with a 16-team doubles draw.

It will also offer six spots in the main draw for players competing in a 24-player qualifying draw on October 17-18, giving more lower-ranked players the chance to earn money. - REUTERS

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