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World Team Tennis to start season mid-July in West Virginia with fans

World Team Tennis to start season mid-July in West Virginia with fans

World Team Tennis will start their 2020 season in mid-July and play the entire season at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the WTT announced on Tuesday.

The league will be the first tennis association to return to play since the coronavirus outbreak halted sports in March. 

The whole 63-match regular season will be held from July 12 through Aug. 2. Fans will be permitted to attend up to a 20% capacity (500 fans) and follow state health ordinances. Matches will be broadcast on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ and WTT.com.

The suspension of the ATP and WTA Tours until Aug. 1 will allow the top professional players to play the team season without conflict. 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, two-time major winner Sloane Stephens, Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan are just a handful of the professionals playing in the league.

“All of us at World TeamTennis are extremely grateful to be able to play the 45th World TeamTennis season and present professional tennis to our sports-starved and tennis-starved audiences through our media partners at CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said in a release.

“The overwhelming feedback from our players is that they want to play WTT and are comfortable in doing so in a safe environment, which is our number one priority. West Virginia has among the nation’s fewest cases of COVID-19 and I’m grateful to The Greenbrier, the city of White Sulphur Springs, and Dr. Jill Justice for being so welcoming and allowing World TeamTennis to play on in 2020.”

The league says they will conduct the necessary testing and screening of all participants. Personal protective equipment will also be provided to all parties. 

World Team Tennis has nine franchises across the United States. The Washington Kastles have won six WTT titles with their most recent coming in 2015. 

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