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Adjusted calendar for ATP tournaments


FILE – In this Thursday, May 16, 2019 file photo, planes from the Italian Air Force aerobatic team fly over the center court for the ATP Rome Open.

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The Rome Open will take place a week earlier than originally planned in September and the Hamburg Open – scrapped from the calendar in July due to the coronavirus pandemic – will be held as part of a provisional ATP calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season of men’s tennis.

The season-ending ATP London Championship is still scheduled for November 15-22, with no spectators. But the ATP indicated on Friday that it “remains hopeful” that the situation will change and some fans will be allowed in.

The clay tournament in Rome will be played the week the Madrid Open would be played before being canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In this way, the Rome Open will begin on September 14, the day after the US Open is scheduled to end in New York, and will end on September 21, a Monday. That is the same day the tournament will start in Hamburg.

The French Open will kick off in Paris on September 27.

Competition at Roland Garros will be followed by tournaments in St. Petersburg, Russia; Antwerp, Belgium; Moscow; Vienna; Paris; and Sofia, Bulgaria, before the ATP championship.

The tour indicated that it will continue to consider alternatives to add more tournaments to this season.

ATP matches were suspended in March due to the pandemic and are scheduled to restart next week in New York with the Western & Southern Open, an event that is usually played in Cincinnati but this year will be held at the same venue as the US Open.