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ATP releases updated schedule for return of tennis, including new French Open dates

The Association of Tennis Professionals released its updated schedule on Wednesday, setting the date for tennis to return from its COVID-19 shutdown.

The calendar contains seven events that will be played over two months, starting in August and ending in mid-October.

  • Aug. 14: Citi Open, Washington, D.C.

  • Aug. 22: Western & Southern Open, New York

  • Aug. 31: U.S. Open, New York

  • Sept. 8: Generali Open, Kitzbühel, Austria

  • Sept. 13: Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain

  • Sept. 20: Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy

  • Sept. 27: French Open, Paris, France

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. Open will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, but without any fans in attendance. Cuomo also confirmed that the Western & Southern Open, which is normally held in Cincinnati, will be moved to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for this year only, and will return to Cincinnati in 2021.

The French Open, which had announced rescheduled tournament dates in March when play was originally suspended, has undergone a slight schedule adjustment. Roland-Garros announced on Wednesday that the ATP has granted it an extra week of competition. The tournament was originally scheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4, but will now end a week later. Qualifiers will start on Sept. 21, and the main draw will begin on Sept. 27 and last until Oct. 11.

In the announcement, the ATP warned that the new schedule could still be changed depending on health and safety conditions at the tournament locations, but they’re also continuing to explore adding additional tournaments to the schedule. The ATP also said that all events will be held with “reduced or no fans on-site” and under strict social distancing and health and safety guidelines.

The ATP's updated schedule begins on Aug. 14 and lasts through the middle of October. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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