The J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 tournament, which was included in the WTA calendar as a replacement for the Chengzhou Open, should also take place with spectators in the stands. Tournament director Laura Ceccarreli told the news at Thursday’s press conference.

The competition, which promises the participation of the world’s top tennis players, will take place in the presence of the audience. “We have no restrictions on the audience from the WTA. So it all depends on local authorities and restrictions,” explained Laura Ceccarelli of the APG marketing group, which owns the rights to the WTA tournaments.

“There was an agreement between us and the WTA that the spectators will be able to be in the stands in Ostrava. Up to five thousand people could be admitted to the Ostravar Arena,” indicated the tournament director. Tickets are expected to go on sale in early October.

Laura Ceccarelli also explained why the WTA series will be presented in October in Ostrava. “As soon as the major tournaments in China were canceled, alternative venues were sought. The first country that came to our minds was the Czech Republic,” she explained. “The Czechia loves tennis, tennis has an amazing history here and it also has a lot of capable people. Also great tennis events have taken place successfully recently, when the whole world has faced the coronavirus threat. We contacted Perinvest Group owned by Tomáš Petra with an offer to organize this tournament in the Czech Republic. And he immediately agreed, “added Laura Ceccarelli.

The J&T Banka Open tournament should take place during October under standard security measures. Players will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and the tests will be repeated every five days.

It was Karolína Muchová who was the guest of the introductory press conference of the upcoming tournament and she just acknowledged the transfer of tournaments from the Chinese tour to the Czech Republic.

“It is really positive that the Czechia was the first country to attrack the WTA and APG when tournaments in China were canceled. I can definitely speak for all Czech tennis players, we are glad that we will be able to play such a tournament almost around the corner,” she told.

Muchová also believes that the tournament will really take place with the spectators in the stands. “I hope that the situation will improve by the beginning of the tournament and that people will be able to support me. Perhaps a lot of people from Olomouc and the surrounding area will come and hopefully they will support other Czech girls as well,“ Muchová added.

The deadline for main draw tournament entries is on Monday, when other player names will be announced.