The tennis tour will tentatively resume in the first week of August this year, also the North American tournaments might get underway as per schedule. However, there have been some newscasts to hold the tennis tournaments behind closed doors and World Number six Stefanos Tsitsipas opposes that school of thought.
Hosting spectator-less events amid the coronavirus pandemic and following the new norms of social distancing and hygiene, currently is of paramount importance. But for tennis professionals and the governing bodies of the sport, it is not a feasible move.
The crowd gives the players an extra boost while they swing their racquets on the courts. Their cheers stimulate certain emotions within the professionals which adds an extra spirit to their pitch-perfect game.
Also, a major part of the tournament’s revenue is generated from the audience’s pockets. And going spectator-less might not make the event successful.
“My personal view is that it is important to have these tournaments with people and not in front of empty stands,” Tsitsipas told a Greek publication SDNA.
“Say you win such a big event as a Grand Slam. Without the world (fans), adrenaline is not the same, the feeling is not the same.”
“The world is the one that brings energy” – Stefanos Tsitsipas
The New York Major, US Open might commence on August 31 and then followed by French Open on September 27, 2020. The United States Tennis Association and yet to decide the final shape of its 2020 event. They will announce their decision or the safety measures later in the month of June. Also, Roland Garros is considering hosting its 2020 edition as a spectator-less event.
“The world is the one that brings energy, fills the stadiums, and creates the atmosphere we have. It could, of course, be a tournament without people. But it would not offer the same feeling, the same intensity,” he added.
At the Australian Open 2020, the Greek lad Tsitsipas lost to Milos Raonic in the third round. Later he defended his title in Marseille and finalist spot in Dubai. Last year, he pulled off the biggest title of his career at ATP Finals 2019 in the UK.