Tennis

Professional tennis suspended until June

All men's and women's rankings have also been frozen until further notice. The two bodies — the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) — said "now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison.""The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to professional tennis demand greater collaboration than ever from everyone in the tennis community in order for the sport to move forward collectively in the best interest of players, tournaments and fans," the statement read. The decision to extend the suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic comes after French Open organizers were criticized for moving the tournament to September.The new start date for Roland Garros falls just six days after the conclusion of the US Open, usually the season's final grand slam.READ: French Open criticized for 'selfish, arrogant' reschedulingREAD: Facing 'impossible' situation, athletes criticize Olympic organizersTournaments taking place from June 8 onwards are set to go ahead as planned, but the joint statement added: "We are assessing all options related to preserving and maximizing the tennis calendar based on various return dates for the Tours, which remains an unknown at this time. "We are committed to working through these matters with our player and tournament members, and the other governing bodies, in the weeks and months ahead."READ: Maria Sharapova, the ultimate competitor with a complicated legacyRead More – Source