How is coronavirus affecting tennis?
Like every sport, tennis has been seriously affected by coronavirus, with tournaments postponed or cancelled and uncertainty over what comes next
Last Updated: 29/05/20 12:21pm
We look at the key questions surrounding tennis and the shutdown.
What's definitely been cancelled?
There will be no professional tennis played before at least August 3 after the ATP and WTA Tours extended their suspension of the tennis season.
That removes a host of events from the calendar, with Wimbledon the biggest confirmed. The 2020 tournament at the All England Club is the first to be pulled since wartime and takes with it the whole grass court season.
The Miami Open and Madrid Open, which are both joint ATP and WTA events, had earlier come to the same conclusion, while there will be no men's Masters tournament in Monte Carlo or Rogers Cup in Canada.
Events in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta and Kitzbuhel are all cancelled while Lausanne, Bucharest, and Jurmala will not host tournaments on the WTA Tour.
Which events have been postponed and until when?
French Open organisers unexpectedly announced in March that they were moving the tournament from May/June to September, a week after the scheduled end of the US Open.
The decision was taken unilaterally, causing much disquiet in the sport, and it remains to be seen whether it will actually happen. Organisers of the big joint events in Indian Wells and Rome have both said they hope to rearrange while the intention is for the Fed Cup finals still to be held.
Is anything likely to remain on in 2020?
As well as the revised Roland-Garros, The US Open is still slated to begin on August 24 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. Organisers are nevertheless preparing for a variety of options including sticking to the timetable but going behind closed doors, relocating to an alternative venue away from New York or moving dates.
Rafael Nadal has been quoted in Spain as saying he harbours doubts over playing again this year and is already looking towards the Australian Open in January 2021. The tours would need to decide whether to hold the ATP and WTA Finals if only a few tournaments are played. This year marks the end of the ATP Finals' stay at London's O2 Arena.
The Davis Cup Finals is the last major event scheduled this season from November 23-29.
Where does the sport go from here?
Tennis is in a better position than many other sports given its schedule. Events that cannot be held this year will simply begin planning for 2021. The rankings have been frozen and will not begin updating until the season resumes.
Any tennis for British players?
The Lawn Tennis Association and Jamie Murray have announced the 'Schroders Battle of the Brits' at the National Tennis Centre on June 23-28, featuring Murray's brother Andy among others.
The LTA announced four three-day British Tour events will take place behind closed doors over consecutive weekends from July 3-26 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Each of these events is open to 32 players - 16 men and 16 women - in a bid to provide safe and competitive opportunities for Britain's best players returning to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.