The coronavirus pandemic has led to chaos in all the events around the world. The sporting world is no different. The prestigious quadrennial event, the Olympics, too has been postponed. Initially, the tennis officials suspended the Tour until April 27. However, after the cancelation of Wimbledon, the suspension was extended until July 13, 2020. Although now, it seems unfeasible to hold tournaments even by that time since the COVID-19 situation has yet to improve.
As per the Spanish publication MARCA, the officials have been discussing the course of the professional events going forward. The ATP and WTA are on course to extend the suspension until August 3, 2020. By doing so, the men’s events in Hamburg, Newport, Bastad, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta, and Kitzbuhel will all be canceled. The women’s track will call off their tournaments in Bucharest, Lausanne, Palermo, Jurmala, and Karlsruhe.
Earlier, Tennis Canada postponed Rogers Cup 2020, which takes place in Montreal and Toronto, to the year 2021.
Tennis is expected to resume at Cincinnati Open in Ohio, USA, followed by the US Open 2020 in September. Seven days after the conclusion of the American Major, the players will have to transition to the clay-courts for French Open, which has been re-scheduled to begin on September 27.
12-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal is skeptical about tennis regaining its normalcy any time soon. Without the air travel operating at a full-swing, tennis cannot function as it usually does.
“I am very pessimistic about the circuit returning to a normal activity due to the fact of all the travels,” World Number two Nadal said.
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Even three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is cynical about the resumption of tennis due to the amount of traveling the sport demands.
As much as we all miss tennis, the lives of our fellow beings are far more precious. For now, the situation remains dire. Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic subsides soon and we can return to our daily routines.