After almost two months without live tennis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport is making baby steps in getting things back to normal. Universal Tennis today announced the UTR Pro Match Series presented by Tennis Channel featuring high-profile ATP and WTA players in the first top-tier professional tennis events televised internationally since the global health crisis put a halt to tennis in March.
The first event of the series will be held from May 8th to May 10th, featuring four ATP players — Matteo Berrettini, Reilly Opelka, Tennys Sandgren, and Tommy Paul — in a round-robin event beginning at 12:00 ET each day.
Three American WTA players — Alison Riske, Amanda Anisimova and Danielle Collins — will be joined by Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in a four-player ladies’ event from May 22nd to May 24th.
The venue will be a private court in the West Palm Beach, FL, area. To ensure maximum safety, there will be no spectators, no handshaking, no ballkids and no line judges, only the chair umpire will oversee the match, while each player will have their own set of marked balls. Before and after play, the court and facility will be professionally disinfected.
UTR Pro Match Series events are prize money competitions, not exhibitions. All matches will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel and count toward a player’s UTR rating.