WTA calls off three tournaments, suspends Tour until May 2

Porsche-Tennis

Estonia's Anett Kontaveit stretches to return to Caroline Garcia at the 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

The WTA has called off three tournaments as part of its upcoming clay-court swing and has suspended its Tour until May 2 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the organization announced Monday.

The WTA said its events in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague will not be held as scheduled.

“We regret this is the case for all of our loyal fans, players, sponsors and all those who support women’s professional tennis,” the Tour said in a statement.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Istanbul Open were slated to be held from April 20 to April 26, while the J&T Banka Prague Open was scheduled for April 27 to May 2.

The WTA said it will make a decision in the coming week about its remaining clay-court events.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.