“These are Weird Times” – Stan Wawrinka Raises Concern After Coronavirus Outbreak

Published 03/13/2020, 8:36 AM EDT


The ATP has suspended the men’s tennis tour for six weeks following the global pandemic of coronavirus. However, the players are still in a state of uncertainty about what to expect next. Former World No.3 Stan Wawrinka also felt “weird” about the current scenario. He also sent a heartfelt message to the tennis world before heading back home from Los Angeles.

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Anxiety over the spreading coronavirus has cost tennis some of its most important tournaments of the tour. Furthermore, the cancellation weighs heavily on the upcoming tournaments on the tennis calendar. Looking at the current scenario, every event seems to be in jeopardy.

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“We have no idea what to expect next”: Stan Wawrinka

All tournaments on the men’s ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour were cancelled until 27 April. Furthermore, no WTA tournaments will be staged for at least five weeks, either, with ITF events also on hold until 20 April. Wawrinka also felt bad for all the organisers and people behind these tournaments which were suspended due to COVID-19.

Wawrinka was present in the state of California from the past week in order to prepare for the 2020 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells. Subsequently, he flew back to his home after ATP cancelled all its events for six-weeks.

“Leaving Los Angeles to head back home for a while. These are weird times and we have no idea what to expect next. I hope you are all staying safe!!” Wawrinka wrote on Twitter.

“I’m thinking, of course, a lot of all those in our world who have put months of work into events that are now cancelled and to the fans who were going to attend. These are hard times but we must all stay strong,” he further added.

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It is difficult to predict whether the ATP Tour will resume after 27th April or not. If the situation is under control, the season will recommence with ATP 250 tournament in Estoril and Munich, followed by the Madrid Open a week later.

However, if the circumstances do not improve, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships could be under threat. We hope that tennis season resumes on time with no threats of COVID-19.

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