The ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi has given an extensive interview with the Italian press today. Lots of interesting details about the ATP plan for the second half of the 2020 season:
- The ATP's goal is to have 3 Slams (Melbourne, New York and Paris) and 7 Masters 1000 in the 2020 season.
- They are hoping that the summer hard court tournaments will regularly take place in North America as scheduled, but Gaudenzi says that "the US Open has plans to move the tournament in case it's not possible to play in the summer."
- After the US Open, the ATP is planning a 4-week clay court swing in Europe with a Masters 1000 event before Roland Garros, then Roland Garros and finally another Masters 1000 after Roland Garros.
- Both the ATP and WTA tours should then head to Asia. Gaudenzi emphasizes the fact that there's currently a strong collaboration between both tours to save the Asian swing, which "is very important to the WTA," he says.
- It will not be possible to move the ATP European indoor season, therefore it will have to take place as scheduled: The venues in Vienna, Basel and London are only available on the original dates.
- A bunch of other events that didn't take place in the first half of the season will be re-scheduled after the ATP Finals: There will be no off-season.
- When asked about the possibility to create European, American and Asian leagues in case the travel restrictions prevented global events from happening, Gaudenzi said that it is something that ATP is considering even if it's not their preferred option.