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'Tennis can get back to normal by autumn,' says ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi

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ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi is hopeful that tennis can return to 'normal' by the Autumn as the Covid-19 vaccine gets rolled out around the world. 

Tennis has been severely hit by the pandemic, largely due to its global nature and reliance upon international travel.

The ATP was initially suspended for months last year as the world struggled to get to grips with the coronavirus, although it did return later in the year in a reduced capacity.

Rankings points were partially frozen and tournaments - including two Grand Slams - were played either behind closed doors or in front of drastically reduced crowds.

Gaudenzi, though, believes normality may now be within sight.

"Next March we hope to resume the traditional ATP Ranking and the ATP Race to Turin that considers the results achieved in the 2021 season as long as we are able to stage a high number of tournaments," Gaudenzi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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"We will update the calendar every three month. Hopefully we will get back to normal by autumn thanks to the vaccine."

Gaudenzi also revealed the financial impact the coronavirus crisis has had on tennis and has vowed to help tournaments recover.

"It was a very hard period. All tournaments that took place after the lockdown have suffered losses.

"The Grand Slam and Masters 1000 tournaments have resisted the challenges caused by the pandemic, but the ATP 250 tournaments are facing a very difficult period. We are ready to help these events”.

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