WTA adds Prague, Lexington events to calendar

The WTA also announced a revised system for calculating world rankings when the season resumes

Last Updated: 10/07/20 10:40am

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova will be looking forward to the tournament in Prague

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova will be looking forward to the tournament in Prague

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova will be looking forward to the tournament in Prague

The WTA confirmed the addition of events in Prague and Lexington to its provisional calendar which now features 21 tournaments.

The WTA Tour, suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, announced it would resume in Palermo on August 3 and the tournaments in Prague, Czech Republic and Lexington, United States are scheduled to begin a week later.

“As the WTA Tour looks to return to competition in 2020, we are pleased to provide additional playing opportunities for our athletes,” WTA chairman Steve Simon said.

“We are delighted to welcome the teams in Prague and Lexington onto the 2020 provisional calendar and look forward to the return of women’s professional tennis.”

Flushing Meadows will host the Western & Southern Open as well as the US Open Flushing Meadows will host the Western & Southern Open as well as the US Open

Flushing Meadows will host the Western & Southern Open as well as the US Open

The Western & Southern Open is scheduled to be played at Flushing Meadows, New York followed by the US Open, also at its usual Flushing Meadows home, from August 31.

There will then be claycourt tournaments in Madrid and Rome before events in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, including the China Open in Beijing and the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen set for November 9-15.

Organisers of the Citi Open in Washington confirmed they will not stage a women’s tournament this year with the Lexington event to take its place on the calendar.

Ashleigh Barty is the current world No 1 Ashleigh Barty is the current world No 1

Ashleigh Barty is the current world No 1

The WTA also announced a revised system for calculating world rankings when the season resumes in line with the ATP.

The rankings traditionally operate on a “Best 16” results basis over 52 weeks but will now cover a 22-month period from March 2019 through December 2020.

A player’s ranking will be comprised of her “Best 16” results over the 22-month period and the same tournament cannot be included twice in her breakdown.

The ATP’s rejigged calendar for the year includes two Grand Slam events in the US Open and the French Open and three Masters 1000 events.

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