Berlin (dpa) – A leading German tennis official has said the grass court season highlighted by Wimbledon would almost certainly be scrapped, and added he hoped play could resume in autumn.
German tennis federation vice-president Dirk Hordorff said in a podcast on the tennisnet portal he “received the news that you can be pretty sure the grass season won’t take place,” without giving further details.
At the moment the men’s ATP and women’s WTA have suspended play until June 7, wiping out the clay court season including the French Open, after the Indian Wells and Miami Masters on hard court were also cancelled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The grass court season is set from June 8, with Wimbledon starting June 29. Organizers at the All England Club want to decide next week if the event can go ahead as planned.
Hordorff said he doesn’t believe play in the global sport with lots of travelling won’t start anytime soon, and also expects the US Open starting in late August not to take place.
“I would be very happy if we could play again in October,” Hordorff said.