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Sports, Leagues and Federations that are working towards a return to live sport.

Use our handy guide to quickly see the current status and latest news for our properties and leagues.  

Any dates below are estimates on when each sport could return, based on statements from each league and/or news reports. 

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Information correct as of 10:00 BST - 13th July 2020.

FOOTBALL

 

Chinese Super League – 25th July

The Chinese Super League was meant to begin on February 22nd but was delayed due to the pandemic. The Chinese Football Association has now drawn up a series of plans for a return of top-flight competition in the country. The new format will see 30 rounds of matches played in four months with the league split into two groups based on last season’s league position. Each group will play in a round-robin format and the top teams from the groups will advance to a knockout stage. 

The league is hoping to resume at the beginning of July but that date has to be confirmed.

A-League – 16th July

The A-League is set to get back underway on the 16th July, when Melbourne Victory take on Western United in Melbourne. The remaining 27 games of the regular season will be held over an action-packed 28-day period before the end of season Finals Series. 

TENNIS

 

ATP Tour – 14th August

The ATP Tour will resume play on the 14th August with the Citi Open from Washington, D.C. This will quickly be followed by the resumption of the ATP Masters 1000's when the Western & Southern Open returns on the 22nd August. 

The first ATP 250 event will take place on September 8th when the Generali Open takes place in Kitzbuhel. 

The ATP Challenger series will resume on the 17th August.

US Open - 31st August - 13th September

The US Open will be held without fans from 31st August to 13 September. There will be no qualifying and no mixed doubles under plans approved by the governor of New York.

Strict health and safety plans will be in place to protect everyone involved in the event. Regular tests will be carried out alongside daily temperature checks. Everyone will be expected to wear a face mask when not playing and the draw for the men's and women's doubles will be half the usual size. 

Roland Garros – 20th September - 4th October

On March 17th the French Tennis Federation announced the tournament was postponed and the tournament would start on the 20th September and run until the 4th October. This is the first time since the 1947 French Championships the event hasn’t been held in the traditional May-June slot. The French government has confirmed no sporting events would be held in the country until September at the earliest. 

WTA Tour – 3rd August

The WTA Tour is provisionally scheduled to begin the week of Monday, August 3rd at the Palermo Ladies Open. This is subject to appropriate governmental and health-related approvals. 

The Western and Southern Open will begin on the 21st August but will now take place in New York. The revised calendar includes a total of 20 tournaments. 

GOLF

 

European Tour – July 22nd – 25th  

The European Tour will restart their programme with The British Masters (July 22nd – 25th). The British Masters will kick start the six-tournament ‘UK Swing’ over July and August. Tournaments will be subject to strict safety measures and testing protocols. The strategy will be continually evolving and align with government guidance and heath guidelines.

Lee Westwood will host the British Masters at Close House when the Tour resumes.

Westwood said, “We're all ready to welcome everybody for the British Masters in July. The course is already in fantastic condition as you'd expect. They've had seven or eight weeks without any play so the green staff have been able to do some good work. It’s an exciting time getting the course ready and hopefully it will be the start of the European season kicking off.”

ICE HOCKEY

 

NHL – End of July Earliest

The NHL was suspended on the 12th March due to the Coronavirus. The regular season was paused in May and the plan is for the campaign to resume with a 24-team Stanley Cup play-off, played across two hub cities.

The play-offs will be played by the top 12 franchises from the Eastern and Western conferences. There is a phased plan to return to competition starting with self-isolation, followed by training in small groups in early June. Formal training camps will begin in mid-July at the earliest. Phase Four, the resumption of games, has yet to be confirmed but will likely be in August. 

BADMINTON

 

BWF – 25th August

The Badminton World Federation has announced its revamped tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020. The new calendar will get underway on 25th August with the China Masters at Sanya, a Super 100 event. 

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