This Friday The MAPFRE Tennis League starts in Barcelona. He will do it in the CT Vall d’Hebron applying strict health safety measures to protect both tennis players and fans.


Act at 5:20 p.m. CEST


The League, whose first stop had to be moved from Lleida to Barcelona due to the outbreaks of coronavirus in Segrià, has eight of the best Spanish tennis players led by Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño, who will face each other this Friday. In addition to the numbers 12 and 25 of the ATP ranking, Albert Ramos, Pablo Andújar, Roberto Carballés, Alejandro Davidovich, Jaume Munar and Pedro Martínez will also compete in the Vall d’Hebron.

The eight players will be divided into two groups of four players and they will play both singles and doubles matches in a format similar to the Davis Cup.

After the competition in Barcelona, which will last until Sunday, the MAPFRE League, organized by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, will move to Valencia and Avilés to fulfill the three stages that are scheduled in a competition that Spanish players will use in preparation for the start of the ATP circuit that is scheduled to resume in August.

Strong security measures

The Liga MAPFRE organization has already announced that exceptional measures will be taken to guarantee health security. The president of the RFET, Miguel Díaz, has insisted on the need to transmit an image of maximum security throughout the competition: “The pandemic is not over so we are taking all necessary measures to guarantee a safe environment for players and fans ”.

The measurements will be the taking temperature to all people who access the clubs, the mandatory use of the mask throughout the premises, the distribution of hydroalcoholic gel at strategic points or signage with informational material.

As the RFET explains, the disinfection of all spaces will also be reinforced and the capacity will be limited. In the case of tournaments with ticket sales, a registered registry will be made to guarantee social traceability.

A free seat between each fan

In addition, in the Barcelona tournament spectators will be alternately located in the stands, always leaving a free seat between them, regardless of whether they are part of a family unit.

So, everything is ready for professional tennis to return to its particular ‘new normal’ in Barcelona with high-level players who arrive eager to compete again after so many months off the courts.