Tennis Australia will launch its new domestic competition this weekend, but the country’s star player, women’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, will be missing from the program.
With the global tennis tours stopped in their tracks by the outbreak of COVID-19 – including the cancellation of Wimbledon – the country’s leading players have been limited to honing their skills on home soil.
The US Open will go ahead in its regular timeslot at the end of August but French Open champion Barty has yet to commit to travelling to the United States.
Tennis Australia will start a UTR Pro Tennis Series with competition across the country and following strict biosecurity measures, including players supplying their own towels, food and drink as well as “tapping racquets” instead of shaking hands. Competition will begin in Sydney this Saturday with further action in Melbourne and Brisbane from next Monday.