The tennis season was all set to start in mid-August at Citi Open in Washington D.C. but recently the organizers canceled it due to the unplayable conditions all due to the pandemic. However, US Open will be getting underway as per schedule but behind the closed doors, and now Italian Open 2020 or Rome Masters has also decided to host the tournament spectator-less.
Italian Open 2020 statement
The tournament in Rome will start on 20 September and will take place until the 27th of the same month. The organizing committee in Italy feels it’s not advisable and safe to host tournaments with spectators. They think social distancing is not practical in big sporting events, also, they want to avoid the spread of the virus as much as possible.
Hence they came up with the model of going spectator-less for their 2020 season. Italy was one of the worst affected countries by COVID-19 and right now the country is free from coronavirus. (As stated by La Repubblica)
However, the Madrid Open has decided to get underway with 30 percent of spectators in the house. Tournament director Feliciano Lopez mentioned they would follow strict protocols and ensure safety and security to the fullest.
“Yes, we are working on that with the Government of Madrid. We presented our protocols a few days ago. The government, they were very happy, actually, they were very surprised by how strict is our protocols in terms of safety for the fans and especially for the players.” Lopez said.
Following those two events, the French Open will start in the last week of September, and the clay Major will be hosting the event with 60 percent of the audience in the stadium. Also, the tickets for the event have been out on sale.
Source – La Repubblica