Berrettini prepares for the Florida series when the live action returns to the US. USA

Live professional tennis will return to the United States with several high-profile male and female players participating in the UTR Pro Match Series in Florida this month.

Italian world number eight Matteo Berrettini will join the Americans Reilly Opelka , Tennys Sandgren and Tommy Paul West Palm Beach May 8-10.

Berrettini, a semifinalist at the US Open last year, has been staying in Florida since coronavirus pandemic shut down the ATP and WTA Tours in the middle of March.

No official tournaments will be held until at least mid-July with the prospects for the US Open uncertain.

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WTA top 20 players Alison Riske and rising star Amanda Anisimova will play in the women's UTR Pro Match Series scheduled for May 22-24. It will also feature Danielle Collins and Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic.

None of the events will have viewers, but it will air live on the Tennis Channel, which they are co-organizers.

Matches will take place without line judges or ball kids and players will use their own marked balls for serving.

"The world has changed and we must adapt and innovate," Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO Mark Leschly said.

"Local, individual and small group play will be the new normal for the foreseeable future. The UTR Pro Match Series showcases how tennis can be played locally, safely and have results count toward the UTR global rating."

A men's exhibition event called the Tennis Point Exhibition Series started in Germany on Friday, which also adopted strict social distancing rules, although the players used the same balls to serve.

Patrick Mouratoglou's tennis academy in southern France will host a five-week series that will also start in May.

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