WTA thanks fans for support during virus shutdown
The WTA on Sunday sent out a message of thanks to fans for support during the unprecedented COVID-19 virus shutdown of the sport.
The sentiments came on what should have been the day of the ATP-WTA Indian Wells final in California, which was the first event cancelled a fortnight ago.
WTA CEO Steve Simon – formerly a top boss at the Indian Wells event – wrote: “While (the cancellation of the tennis season through June 7) was not an easy decision, this is undoubtedly the right course of action.
“Tournament play will only resume once the relevant authorities and public health experts have provided guidance that it is safe to do so.”
The American said the sanctioning body is giving the pandemic “the highest priority. There isn’t anything more important than the well-being of everyone in our WTA family, which includes loyal fans.
“That means stepping up means stepping back while wider society tackles this global health crisis and we all strive to do our part as individuals.”
Simon said that praised WTA Players’ Council members Kristie Ahn, Gabriela Dabrowski, Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Aleksandra Krunic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sloane Stephens and Donna Vekic, many of whom have been active on social media during the shutdown
“Any tennis event takes a true community effort, involving sponsors and local suppliers, staff and volunteers, and countless hours of planning and hard work.
“We continue to work closely with our Tournament Directors and their teams to develop both short-term solutions and longer-term strategies for bouncing back better than ever.”
The supremo added: “Stay safe and thank you for your support and understanding. It’s because of you that tennis is the leading global sport for women. We look forward to being back in action soon.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online