WTA Charleston’s Director Reveals Improvisations in Tennis Arising Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Published 12/08/2020, 8:00 AM EST
CHARLESTON, SC – APRIL 16: Tatiana Golovin of France serves to Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium during the semifinals of the Family Circle Cup at Family Circle Magazine Stadium on April 16, 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina. Henin-Hardenne won the match 7-6, 7-5. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The Volvo Car Open in Charleston is a popular WTA event that has been held since 1973. Unfortunately, this year, it had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people were unhappy about this, which is why they decided to hold an exhibition tennis tournament. This was a huge success, and the organizers learned a lot from it. In a recent interview, the Tournament Director said:

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“For us it really allowed us to see what this was all about and when I say that…What the return time was on testing, working with hotels, and making sure that hotels created a safe atmosphere.”

After hosting a successful exhibition event in the middle of a pandemic, the organizers of the Volvo Car Open feel confident about hosting the event in 2021 and said, “We took so many different steps and did so many different things, and tested a lot of different things, that really we felt really good coming out of that…Moving into 2021, I can tell you we have a 90-page binder from the WTA that is as thorough as any playbook I’ve ever looked at about how we move forward in 2021.”

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The WTA logo outside the Grandstand court. It was on Day Four of The Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico on May 13, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The 2021 tennis season

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It is great that the Volvo Car Open is confident about hosting the event in 2021. However, many events come before it in the calendar, and the biggest one out of all of them is the Australian Open.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, there are a lot of uncertainties around it. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, but one can expect the organizers to answer them soon enough.

2020 was a terrible year for tennis, as so many events had to be canceled. Now, fans are looking forward to the 2021 season and hopefully, every event will be played.

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