Pro tennis bounces back with New Zealand tournament

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand Tennis said yesterday it was set to host the southern hemisphere’s first professional tournament since the COVID-19 shutdown.

The men’s Premier League tournament in Auckland next month will feature 24 players competing in three teams at spectator-free arenas over three weeks.

Tennis NZ high performance director Christophe Lambert said the tournament, which begins on June 3, would pit ATP veterans against some of New Zealand’s rising stars.

“The NZ Premier League offers opportunities for our best players to have a home-base competitive environment so they are ready to jump back in when the pro circuit starts again,” he said.

Britain’s world number 77 Cameron Norrie, who grew up in New Zealand, and several of New Zealand’s Davis Cup players are among those taking part.