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Grass-court season still a possibility for WTA

28th March 2020, 11:46 by Jack Ogalbe

WTA CEO Steve Simon says the organisation remains hopeful that the grass-court season will still take place.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the sport into hiatus and it is unclear when the campaign will resume, with the highlight of the clay-court calendar, the French Open, already proposed to take place in September.

Simon is doing his best to put a date on when the WTA will resume and says they are still planning for tournaments to be played in June.

However, he insists the safety of players, fans and officials will be the board's primary consideration when it comes to deciding when the sport returns.

"The WTA and tennis is a little bit unique because it's global," he told the Tennis Channel. "All of the travel restrictions and the challenges being faced are certainly going to affect us in being able to move players along.

"Currently, we're hopeful to play again with our grass-court season, which begins June 8, but we're also realistic.

"We also realise it could be delayed even further. First and foremost is the safety of our athletes, our staff and, of course, the fans that come to the events.

"We want to be playing as soon as we possibly can. Hopefully, it's June, but if not we're hopeful for the summer hard-court season back here in the States."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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