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ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi refusing to give up on 2020 just yet

"It would be unwise to call it quits now"

Andrea Gaudenzi of the Italy hits a backhand during his first round match against Jan-Michael Gambill of the US in the Davis Cup tennis semi-finals match at the Milwaukee Arena in Milwaukee, WI.
Image: Andrea Gaudenzi is a former Italian Davis Cup player

Despite the growing possibility of a total wipeout of professional tennis this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi is refusing to give up.

The tennis season was suspended in early March due to the pandemic and the hiatus will continue at least until mid-July with many countries in lockdown to contain the virus.

Wimbledon has been cancelled and the French Open postponed from its usual May start to September, while the status of the US Open, scheduled to take place in late August, remains unclear.

An aerial view of the All England Club taken during day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships held on June 24, 2003 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London.
Image: Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War II

"It would be unwise to call it quits now," Gaudenzi said. "Nobody knows what will happen, we want to keep an optimistic overview.

"Obviously, there could be a subset of options, which is playing with closed gates or deciding how to deal with travel restrictions. But we have not made these decisions so far because they are all hypothetical scenarios."

The Tour is working on a time frame of six to eight weeks to decide on tournaments.

"We have set a deadline of May 15 for the tournaments in July, post Wimbledon," said the Italian, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 18. "And June 1 for the tournaments in August. So we are, in principle, dealing it on I would say six to eight weeks in advance in time for making a decision. Longer than that, it would be foolish to make decisions in my opinion."

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The US Open is scheduled to start on August 24
Image: The US Open is scheduled to start on August 24

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is in charge of the US Open, scheduled to run from August 31 to September 13 in New York.

"Their announcement might be a little bit later, we don't know," Gaudenzi said. "Once we get to the beginning of June, we will probably know more about the US summer."

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