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Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Look at What's on ITF's World Tennis Tour Schedule in the United States This Fall; ATP Challengers at Cary and Columbus Set for September

News is sparse today in tennis, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to list the latest updates on the ITF World Tennis Tour Men's, Women's and Junior Circuit tournaments for the remainder of 2020.

I posted a similar update early this month and that post serves as a reminder how tentative all these tournaments and their dates are. Many changes--dates, prize money, cancellations--have happened in the past three weeks and there is no reason to think those changes are behind us. While a disruption to the calendar was rare pre-pandemic, all of us know how provisional all these dates are now.

ITF World Tennis Tour US Events for remainder of 2020

MEN:

SEPTEMBER
14-20
Champaign IL M15

21-27
Fayetteville AR M15

OCTOBER
5-11
Ithaca NY M15

12-18
Wichita KS M25

19-25
Harlingen TX M25

26-Nov. 1
Norman OK M15
Tallahassee FL M15

NOVEMBER
2-8
Ithaca NY M15
Fayetteville AR M15

9-15
Shreveport LA M15

16-22
Austin TX M15
East Lansing MI M15

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WOMEN:

SEPTEMBER
21-27
Lubbock TX W15

OCTOBER
5-11
Las Vegas NV W80
Hilton Head SC W15

12-18
Florence SC W25

19-25
Macon GA W80

26-Nov 1
Tyler TX W80
Austin TX W15

I hope additions are forthcoming, particularly for the women, who, according to the ITF Women's Circuit calendar for 2020, have no events in the United States after the end of October. The USTA's Australian Open Wild Card has recently been awarded to the player earning the most WTA points while competing in these higher level fall events, and it would certainly be heartening to see that continue this year, particularly because there were no such opportunities to distribute a US Open wild card via that method this summer. As I mentioned three weeks ago, the lack of $25Ks is a real problem right now and I hope that if tournaments are added they are at that level.

The ATP has released its Challenger calendar through September, and two of the US Challengers previously announced have remained on the schedule: Cary North Carolina September 14-20 and Columbus Ohio Sept 21-27. They will be 32-player draws, which is a reduction from 48 in Challengers held before the pandemic shutdown. In addition to these two events, there are two ATP Challengers in Orlando, with 48-player draws, in back-to-back weeks beginning August 24th and August 31st.

As far as the juniors go, I mentioned yesterday that the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl are now on the ITF schedule, but the usual US Grade 4 and 5 events leading up to the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl are not currently on the ITF junior calendar. The Grade A and Grade 1 in Mexico also are not showing, although the Grade A Osaka Cup in Japan in October currently does appear on the calendar.

SEPTEMBER
21-26
McKinney TX J5

28-Oct 3
Corpus Christi TX J4

OCTOBER
5-10
Nicholasville KY JB1

NOVEMBER
30-Dec 6
Eddie Herr J1

DECEMBER
7-13
Orange Bowl JA

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