The ITF COVID-19 Advisory Group has been continuously monitoring the global spread and impact of the COVID-19 virus, in consultation with medical, travel and security experts as well as the relevant international and national authorities. We are aware this situation is evolving on a daily basis.
Following today’s ATP announcement and based on our discussions with both Tours, the ITF is taking the precautionary measure to postpone all ITF-owned and sanctioned events, across the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour, and ITF Seniors Tour.
This will be reviewed on a weekly basis but no ITF events will take place until at least the week of Monday 20 April. We will work closely with our partners and other stakeholders, Regional and National Associations, to determine suitable alternative dates, with the goal of enabling the resumption of playing opportunities across each category as soon as the situation allows.
Professional tennis is a collaboration between the ITF, the ATP and the WTA. Our respective organisations will therefore work hard to keep those affected informed and to minimise disruption to playing schedules and rankings. Matches currently in progress – including those subject to a rain delay – may be completed today but cannot be carried over until tomorrow. Any matches yet to be started today will be postponed.
The health and safety of players, player support teams, event staff and spectators must be the priority. It is not possible to predict the length of time that tennis as a whole will be affected by COVID-19, but we will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.
Congratulations to last year’s champions!
Sponsors of the Open and Members of the Bakersfield Racquet Club are proud to congratulate our 2019 Mens Singles Champion Jenson Brooksby for an incredible match against Finalist Aleksandar Vukic. Our doubles Champions Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu also had a difficult match and displayed fantastic skill for a packed crowd of lucky spectators. This year we expect even bigger tennis racket wielding pros to keep the action as exciting as possible. Watching these future tennis stars up close and personal swinging their rackets harder than amateur tennis players can dream is like attending a pro tennis camp for free. Come join us, grab a beer and have a seat for the best tennis you’ll see in Bakersfield.
The Bakersfield Tennis Open has produced alumni with ever increasing world rank. As of the end of 2019, nine alumni were ranked in the ITF’s top 100 and five alumni were ranked in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) top 100. The 2019 US Open Singles and Doubles main draws included 17 players who have previously played in the Bakersfield Tennis Open. Casper Ruud of Norway played the Doubles Round of 16 and Dominik Koepfer lost to eventual finalist Medvedev in the Singles Round of 16. The first Bakersfield Tennis Open Champion, Taylor Fritz, has played in every Grand Slam in a calendar year. Frances Tiafoe, 2015’s Bakersfield Tennis Open Champion, is the youngest American ranked in the Top 50 by the ATP and has a career-high ranking of No. 29 in the world. These pros swung their rackets like they were already in the Grand Slams right here in Bakersfield, don’t miss your chance to see and even meet the next tennis superstars!
The Bakersfield Tennis Open is produced by the Bakersfield Racquet Club