France President, Emmanuel Macron, announced on 31 March that a schedule for the return of sporting events would start from mid-May onwards, which led to the decision by the French Tennis Federation.
Djokovic, who won his 18th major at the Australian Open in February, has now held the top spot for 311 weeks over the course of his career, beating Federer’s previous record of 310.
“It’s not safe for players to go from the semi-finals or final in New York… and then play in Madrid at altitude on clay when they haven’t competed for a long time,” Murray told a news conference during the “Battle of the Brits” charity tournament
The changes have come as professional tennis gears up to emerge from the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Professional tennis will continue to remain on hiatus through, at least, the end of July, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic after the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association extended the shutdown of their tours.
Andy Murray was in tears after winning his first ATP tournament since recovering from hip surgery, beating Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic maintained the No. 1 spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday with 9,045 points, ahead of Spanish player Rafael Nadal.
The Japanese was aiming for his third title on home soil.
Men’s governing tennis body, the ATP, has announced the opening of a tender process for hosting its season-ending showpiece tournament after a decade in London.
The 36 year-old Swiss ace has now equalled his best start to a season to stay on course for a sixth Indian Wells title
Edmund has moved up to 24th place as he reaps the benefit of reaching the Australian Open semi-finals, while former world number one Murray, out injured since January and recovering from a hip operation, drops eight places to 29th.
Nadal advanced 4-2 into the title match in the capital as opponent, Tomas Berdych, retired with back pains