In lockdown, tennis players pursue online business and management courses to aid their careers off court
With the coronavirus outbreak forcing a suspension of tennis tours since March, players have some time on their hands to widen their horizons.
In addition to the ATP and WTA announcements, which also affect lower-tier events, the International Tennis Federation said its tournaments would go on hiatus for the same period, including for juniors, seniors and wheelchair players.
Australian Open 2018: New rules to be implemented aimed at preventing controversial first-round withdrawals
Players could forfeit their prize money if they retire from first-round singles matches at the Australian Open, under new rules aimed at limiting the early injury withdrawals.
For years athletes including Rafa Nadal have complained about the punishing schedule they have to undertake every season, with the top players required to compete in all the four Grand Slams, nine Masters 1000 events, the season-ending World Tour Finals and a handful of lower-tier tournaments.