Australian tennis veteran John Millman had a fantastic idea to kick off the tennis season in Australia. The Australian Open was the only grand slam to take place this year before the Coronavirus pandemic forced the entire tennis season to be cancelled for a long time.
However, Australia has followed a relatively positive trajectory with respect to the Coronavirus. The country is among the fastest recovering nations in the world with its cases showing a pretty steep decline. Of course, its geography that excludes it from the rest of the world is certainly pretty helpful.
More importantly, this may put Australia in a unique situation. With the rest of the world still suffering, Australia could begin to start major events. John Millman had a very interesting suggestion to start tennis in Australia.
John Millman had a decent idea about Australian tennis. This is what he tweeted –
“If Australia recovers before the ATP Tour is ready to kick-off, I think we have a unique opportunity in our sport to create domestic interest in tennis again. Instead of having your run of the mill money tournaments imagine something completely different. How about an interstate teams competition? Teams would be mixed and comprised of: two Legend players (one male and one female), six current players (three males and three females), two junior players (one male and one female). Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles would be played. Perhaps a different type of scoring system”, tweeted Millman on Wednesday.”
Alex De Minaur, John Peers, Alex Bolt, Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs support Millman’s idea.
“We have a team currently exploring multiple options for play under a variety of scenarios and we are heartened by the enthusiasm and interest from the players, coaches, our staff and tennis fans”, said Australian Tennis President Craig Tiley.
This can certainly help in building grassroots tennis in Australia. Lower ranked players will certainly be benefitted if this unique idea by him is implemented. What do you think of the idea given by John Millman?