HomeTennisGame, Set, Match-Corona Virus Wins

Game, Set, Match-Corona Virus Wins

- Advertisement -

The recent outbreak of Corona virus (COVID-19) and the spate in number of infected and deaths, has brought the world to a grinding halt. The crisis, which has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has spread across 152 countries as per the latest reports. All major engagements/activities involving people in large numbers have either been cancelled or postponed.

Tennis Tournaments Cancelled Due to Corona Virus

Sports across the world has been one of the major victims of the Corona outbreak. All tennis tournaments across the world have been cancelled till 20th April. The ATP tour is on hold till 27th April while the WTA will have 5 weeks of halt.

- Advertisement -

Similarly, the ITF tournaments that witness players from across the world, in various categories, will resume only by mid-April. The reason stated for the cancellation is “escalating health and safety issues” due to the COVID-19.

Image result for wta tour 2020

Some of the major exciting tournaments, planned for the coming weeks, namely, Miami Open and BNP Paribas stand cancelled. Tommy Haas, director of Indian Wells (BNP Paribas) broke the news saying, “We are very disappointed that the tournament will not take place.”

Clearly it is an upsetting news, for those organizing the annual tours. While BNP was to feature Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal with the spectators usually accounting to 450,000, Miami as a venue offers a different vibe to the players.

Ankita Raina Will Have to Wait to Make Fed Cup

The Fed Cup finals, that were to be held in Budapest, Hungary from 14 -19 April have been cancelled but without an alternate date. The other matches with the lower ranked teams were slated to take place across 12 nations. And India, which made history by qualifying for the play-offs for the first time, riding on Ankita Raina’s sensational performance will now have to wait.

Indian Fed Cup team after making it to the Play-offs

Nadal Wants Uncertainty Over Corona Virus to End

While Jim Chardy said, “I no longer know if I am unemployed, on paternity leave or tennis player”.  Sania Mirza share a video on the precautions of corona virus.  “I hope it is controlled, that a remedy is found and this uncertainty is stopped, this psychosis, this fear,” Nadal told reporters at the Mexican Open.

Opportunity Lost To Improve The Rankings

The cancellation of major tournaments is a great loss for the players looking to improve their rankings. While the option of playing with no audience did pop up, but finally it was decided against it, as the ATP and WTA do not see that as a possibility.

The players, organization committees, fans and media will all be left to leave tennis aside for a while. The WTA said “There isn’t anything more important than protecting the health of our players, staff, volunteers, and fans who attend our events, along with the general public

An Opportunity for Roger Federer

But is there someone smirking in the corner over this news? Indeed! It’s Roger Federer and his supporters. Roger announced last month that he shall be off the tour for a surgery and will return after the clay season. Seems the Gods already knew the events that were to unfold!


French Open Postponed Due to Corona Virus

As a tennis fans, we really hope the clay season does not suffer. The players will skid through the dirt at Munich, Madrid and Rome Masters (as of now) – the anticipated events before the commencement of Roland Garros.

However, in the wake of the current confinement situation in France the organizers have decided to postpone the start from May 24 to September 20, with a conclusion on October 4.

French Open Postponed Until September Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

“We have made a difficult yet brave decision in this UNPRECEDENTED situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend. We are acting responsibly, and must work together in the fight to ensure everybody’s health and safety,” said Bernard Giudicelli, President of the FFT.

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -