After hearing the news of the cancellation of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000, Rafa Nadal decided to return to Spain and is already training at the facilities of his academy in Manacor, with the aim of continuing its set-up for future tournaments on the circuit, if any are held in the coming weeks.
03/11/2020 at 16:06
The uncertainty generated by the coronavirus has completely taken over ATP and WTA. No one knows if any event can be played throughout the months of March and April (even May) or if, on the contrary, the calendar will be completely interrupted, an unprecedented and unprecedented fact in tennis history since the end of the WWII.
MIAMI, VIRTUALLY CANCELED
The next event that should be held is the Miami Masters 1,000 (Premier Mandatory in the case of the women’s circuit), proves that if everything went well it should start on the 25th. This event, in complete safety, will not happen.
Florida decreed state of emergency due to coronavirus and, among other acts, it canceled the Ultra Music Festival, one of the most important events held in the American city. Everything suggests that the tournament cannot be held, which has been held continuously since its first edition back in 1985.
THE WAY TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION
Due to this situation and the more than probable cancellation of the TMS in Miami, Rafa Nadal decided to return to Spain and is already training at the facilities of his academy, waiting to know new details about the future of the ATP calendar.
The Spanish tennis player would return to the competition already on the ground tour, despite the fact that due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19, it is also unknown what events of the European tour of brick dust will be able to take place.
On paper, the next event in which the Balearic would be from the game is the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000, an event that is in clear risk of suspension, as also happens with most upcoming events on the ATP and WTA calendar.
For their part, other tennis players, including Novak Djokovic, these days have been practicing at the Indian Wells facilities. Despite the cancellation of the tournament, the Tennis Garden courts remain open to players, should they want to use them, until March 16.
THE EARTH TOUR, IN SERIOUS DANGER
In the event that the situation does not improve, the great events of the clay court tour are also seriously jeopardized. As of today, it is not possible to ensure that any of the 3 clay 1,000 Masters can be carried out (Montecarlo, Madrid and Rome), nor the ATP500 of Barcelona, the Open Banc Sabadell, the Stuttgart WTA Premier or the Finals of the Federation Cup. Sadly, right now all these tournaments are more likely to be suspended than they can be held.
Who knows if this fact could even affect Roland Garros, although for the Parisian Grand Slam there are more than two months (the preliminary phase begins on May 18). If all (or the vast majority) of preparatory tournaments fall and nothing can be played in the next few months, perhaps we might not have tennis until at least June.
In spite of everything, the option of play tournaments behind closed doors. It would be an unprecedented measure, but at least it would allow the contest of several competitions and not suspend the most important tournaments on the calendar.
STP PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT
The president of the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP), Andrea Gaudenzi, He was cautious about the situation the tennis world is going through due to the coronavirus.
“We are committed to exploring all options so that the next tournaments can be played, but the health and safety of our players and all other stakeholders remain our top priority. Any additional updates will be communicated on the official ATP platforms, ” said the Italian president.