Just as tennis media are consumed by the breaking news that the US Open will take place in September despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, together with the Western & Southern Open preceding it at the same venue, the WTA announces an updated 2020 provisional calendar which sets forth the resumption of women’s tennis starting August 3rd at the 31° Palermo Ladies Open in Italy.
The WTA anticipates that events will be held without spectators and tournament staff will be limited, but there will be TV coverage.
After the tournament in Palermo, we’ll have the Western & Southern Open, relocated from Cincinnati to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City this time only, followed by the US Open at the same venue.
After the US Open, the WTA Tour will move to red European clay, including the Mutua Madrid Open that will lead into Roland Garros, set to start in late September this year. Following the final Grand Slam this year, which is traditionally second in a normal tennis season, women’s tennis players will mostly relocate to Asia, where a number of tournaments will take place in October and November, highlighted by the season-ending Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen set for November 9th-15th.