Like many sports events around the World, in March of 2020, Tennis was suspended as coronavirus took the world by storm and not sparing sports as well.
Different organizers of the many tennis tournaments are still uncertain when they will be resuming play but there seems to be growing confidence that some tournaments will be played before the calendar year closes.
The Wimbledon is one of the major key grand slams that have been since canceled as result of the Coronavirus but now the organizers of the French and Italian Open look like they could be set to offer all Tennis lovers out there a bit of hope as they are looking for ways to organizer some of the remaining tournaments.
An email sent out to all ticket holders for the tournaments, the organizers gave an update that they are still looking at possibility of hosting the tournaments but also clarified that they would confirm based off discussions that were to be held.
What is the Current Status for Return of Tennis?
“Dear tennis friend, as you may have already read in the media, in the middle of June ATP and WTA, the two associations that manage the world tennis calendar, should communicate when and with which program the international circuit of 2020 will restart,” Italian Open organizers wrote in an email.
“The hypothesis at the moment is that the Internazionali BNL d’Italia can take place in September. But we must wait for the certainty, linked to the extraordinary situation of the Coronavirus,” the email continued.
“We, therefore, hope to be able to give you more information on the Tournament and on the use of the tickets purchased by you as soon as possible. We hope like you to be able to return to play, to participate, and to cheer for our favorite players,” the organizers concluded.
However, because of travel restrictions that many countries are imposing and with many of them expected to institute the mandatory 14 days quarantine, this might see Tennis become the last sport to return to action.
There is still the unanswered question of whether fans will be allowed to return to the arenas to watch and given that France and Italy have been the most hit nations, there is limited chance that the governments will allow for fans to enter the arenas which now would leave games being played behind closed doors.
Author: Moses Echodu
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