Tennis has been suspended for as long as we can remember due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there is finally some good news on this front. Dominic Thiem has initiated an invitational eight-man tennis tournament in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The event is all set to be held between July 7 to 11. That’s not all, Thiem will also be joined by Frenchman Gael Monfils.
You might be wondering how a tournament is possible amidst all the devastation. The reason is the organizers will employ all the safety measures to the strictest degree. Let’s find out more about this novel initiative.
How is Dominic Thiem organizing this event?
The organizers have confirmed that the event will take place under all necessary precautions. In fact, the event will only allow for a limited number of spectators inside the arena.
The event will have a round-robin format and offer total prize money of €300,000 ($300,000). The officials will announce the remaining six participants ion the following weeks.
“From Tuesday (July 7) we are planning a day and a night session every day,” said tournament director Florian Zinnagl.
“The goal is to offer players matches under competitive conditions that are harder to replicate in training,” said Thiem’s father Wolfgang, who is helping organize the tournament.
“The format guarantees each player at least three matches. We will invite good and interesting names.”
This is not the only tennis tournament in the works. Another tournament in Berlin will see players like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Nick Kyrgios participating. Similarly, world number one Novak Djokovic is also organizing a tournament in Mid-June in Belgrade.
If things look good in these events, it might pave the way for bigger events being played. There are fans who are still holding out hope for a Grand Slam this year. If things go well that might still happen.