After the restart of the international tennis season, after the coronavirus break, Prague will be the venue of the WTA women’s circuit tournament.
The Prague Open will take place on the Sparta clay courts from August 10 to 15, with a subsidy of $ 225,000. The organizers informed about it on Sunday.
This is a new tournament included in the WTA’s provisional calendar, which was affected by the covid-19 pandemic and forced the cancellation of the J&T Banka Prague Open in April.
“It is a great honor for the whole Czech tennis family. We perceive the opportunity to organize a WTA tournament at this special time as an appreciation of the success of Czech women’s tennis and the organizing qualities of our organizers. Ivo Kaderka, President of the Czech Tennis Association (ČTS), stated in a press release.
Originally, the Rogers Cup in Montreal was to be played on the same August date, which was canceled. “At this special time, WTA was looking for places and organizers who would prepare a great tournament quickly and in guaranteed quality. Thanks to a joint diplomatic effort, we managed to get the tournament to the Czech Republic,” said Kaderka.
The organizers announced that they are already negotiating with the best Czech players. “Which are always the decoration of domestic events,” said tournament director David Trunda.
The Prague tournament in the spring term has been a part of the WTA circuit in the International category since 2015. The first winner was Karolína Plíšková, in 2016 Lucie Šafářová succeeded and the year before last Petra Kvitová reigned in Stromovka.
Now some of them can introduce themselves in Sparta in August. “The WTA tournament in Sparta in 2020 is a dream come true. After the global pandemic, its confirmation and inclusion in the WTA provisional calendar is great news. Great Czech audiences will continue to see top women’s tennis this year as well,” said Trunda. Mobile stands with a capacity of 2,000 seats are to be prepared, and pre-sale of tickets will begin in July.
The Tennis Association organizes events for elite players to play the ČTS Solidarity and Hope Trophy and the Colors for the Future team competition. Private promoters have made a charity Livescore Cup and the second part of the Tipsport Elite Trhophy team event will begin on Monday. Next weekend will be the match between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in which teams from selections under 14 to daviscups and fedcups will compete in Prague, Říčany and Bratislava.
The international season has been stopped since March. The WTA Tour begins on August 3 in Palermo, the ATP Men’s Tournament Circuit eleven days later in Washington.