WTA Tour

Rain wipes out Florida women's exhibition event

Alison Riske in action in the UTR Pro Match Series on 23 May 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Alison Riske in action in the UTR Pro Match Series on 23 May 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Michael Reaves

The final day of a women's exhibition tournament in Florida featuring several WTA players was washed out by rainstorms on Sunday, organisers announced.

"It's disappointing, but overall the team at UTR are so excited to bring back tennis and live sports across the world," said tournament director Stephen Amritraj.

"We've gotten so much interest globally from people who love what we're doing."

Heavy downpours in the West Palm Beach area wiped out the final portion of a match between Danielle Collins and Ajla Tomljanovic.

The winner was scheduled to meet Alison Riske in Sunday's UTR Pro Match Series final.

Sunday's third place consolation match was also called off. All matches were played in a shortened format in which the first player to four games with a two-game lead wins the set.

The three-day, four player exhibition tournament was billed by organisers as the first professional women's tournament in the US since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

Riske, at 19th in the world, was the top ranked player in the event.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 13380 votes
Cricket
12% - 4071 votes
Football
19% - 6158 votes
Athletics
3% - 848 votes
Boxing
1% - 325 votes
Cycling
2% - 774 votes
Golf
5% - 1667 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2792 votes
Tennis
4% - 1162 votes
Water sports
1% - 303 votes
American sports
1% - 409 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1108 votes
Vote