ATP Issues Updated ATP Challenger Tour Schedule
The ATP has issued a provisional 4-week schedule for the resumption of the Challenger Tour, as professional tennis returns for the first time since its suspension in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Challenger Tour intends to resume on Monday 17 August, aligning with the resumption of the ATP Tour three days earlier in Washington, D.C.
The first week of the revised calendar consists of clay-court events in Prague, Czech Republic and Todi, Italy. The first of back-to-back Challenger 125 events in Orlando, Florida, will highlight the week of 24 August, along with another 125-level tournament in Prague and the inaugural stop in the Italian coastal city of Trieste. Clay-court events in Cordenons, Italy and Ostrava, Czech Republic, join Orlando in the week of 31 August.
September kicks off with the seventh edition of the prestigious Challenger 125 event held in Aix-en-Provence, France, under the direction of former World No. 10 Arnaud Clement. The week of 7 September will also feature the 27th edition of the Czech Open, in Prostejov, as well as the second edition of the Parma Challenger in Italy. Both Ostrava and Prostejov are also Challenger 125 tournaments.
SCHEDULE & DRAW SIZES
As part of a number of measures related to COVID-19, a majority of events at Challenger level will now span nine days and feature 32-player singles and 16-player qualifying draws.
A further update on the intended schedule beyond the first four weeks will be provided in due course.
ATP Issues Revised Calendar For Tour Resumption