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27 Jun 2020

What's Been Going on in the Tennis World since Coronavirus?

Ever since we first encountered with coronavirus, everything has changed in our lives. We all witnessed how major sports competitions were being canceled all over the world. Tennis was one of the sports that was highly affected by this situation. Nowadays there is a lot of things going on in the tennis world. Therefore, we thought maybe explaining everything from where it all started would be a great thing to do.  And while we give you the latest updates on tennis here, you can also find more updates on other sports at our exclusive news page.

2020 season started at a normal pace and approximately between January and February, we watched the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Australian Open, taking place. For men’s singles, Novak Djokovic, about whom we will talk more later, and for women’s singles Sofia Kenin became the champions of this tournament.

Then at the start of March, ATP has canceled or postponed six tournaments on the second-tier Challenger Tour. These events were mostly in Asia, coronavirus’s first epicenter. Just a couple of days later Indian Wells which is a combined ATP and WTA event and one of the most prestigious tournaments next to Grand Slams, was canceled. As the epicenter changed its course from Asia to Europe, European tournaments were postponed. After the virus became a worldwide issue it was decided that no professional tennis tournaments are to be played anywhere in the world until at least 20 April.

ATP and WTA tournaments were suspended. French Open (the second Grand Slam of the year) was decided to be postponed until September. Not much after this third and the most prestigious Grand Slam, Wimbledon was ‘canceled’ for the 2020 season. This was the first cancellation of Wimbledon since World War II. After French Open changed its date to September, the annual Laver Cup was also canceled until the next season (September 2021). Of course, these were only the major tournaments we mentioned and there are dozens of tournaments couldn’t be played. A tennis player Sofia Shapatava gave an interview about how this situation could end the tennis for the lower-income players.

Other than canceled tournaments we also had some good news and we witnessed Madrid Open being held in the virtual world. Andy Murray defeated the clay king Rafael Nadal at the finals to become the title winner.

Roger Federer was chosen as the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) in tennis. The Swiss player was also determined as the highest-paid athlete of 2020 with $106.3 million a year. Before all this Federer had a knee surgery in February which at the time it meant that he won’t be attending French Open (before its postponement). Later he also revealed that he would go under another knee surgery and to recover he will miss the rest of the 2020 season.

In April, tennis world no. 1 Novak Djokovic stated that he is against to any vaccine that could be found to cure coronavirus and that if it would be mandated, this would get in the way of his international career. Later Djokovic organized a tennis event, Adria Tour, which would be held in the Balkans. It started in the second week of June but was later canceled due to Grigori Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki being tested positive for coronavirus. Djokovic was highly criticized for organizing this event amid the pandemic and for the parties he throw after the event. While being criticized, the Serbian player made a statement that he and his wife were also tested positive for coronavirus. We will see if Djokovic would change his mind about the vaccination.

Now with low cases of coronavirus, we entered a small phase of healing and because of this, tournaments are planning to come back soon. Here is the existing schedule for major events:

  • ATP/WTA tours rescheduled to August 14
  • US Open has no change and will be held between August 31 - September 13
  • French Open rescheduled to dates between September 27 - October 11

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