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Lower-level tennis tournaments in U.S. canceled

UTR Pro Match Series - Day 2

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - MAY 23: A detail of individually marked Wilson tennis balls during the UTR Pro Match Series Day 2 on May 23, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Following new COVID-19 safety guidelines, each player is designated a color for their tennis balls and should only use those to serve. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Five lower-level tennis tournaments slated for September in the U.S. have been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Association -- which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 -- announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.

Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas.

The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.