Tennis is bracing for the 2020 season to be wiped out in wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has tipped the world upside down. Also Read - Brucellosis Outbreak: Why India Needs to Take Precautions Right Away
Like other sports, tennis too has been severely impacted by the respiratory virus with the season suspended till June 7 and it seems unlikely to resume anytime soon unless there’s a dramatic development in containing the disease. Also Read - IPL 13: CSK Batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad Recovers From Coronavirus, Back in Training After Clearing Two Tests
Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has a gloomy outlook saying unless a vaccine is developed to counter COVID-19, tennis cannot resume. “The international circuit = male and female players of all nationalities including their coaching staff, spectators and people from all over the world who bring these events to life No vaccine = no tennis,” she posted on Twitter. Also Read - Lockdown Latest News: Total Shutdown to be Imposed in 10 Districts of This State; Capital City Identified as Containment Zone
French Open has already been postponed to late September while Wimbledon organisers are expected to make an announcement on Wednesday, with the year’s only grass-court major set to be cancelled this year.
Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley also feels that it will be tough for the game to come back this year.
“My personal view is I think for tennis to come back this year is going to be tough,” Tiley told The Sydney Morning Herald. “It relies on global travel, and I think that’s probably the last thing that’s going to come back. I think sports that have a domestic focus are in a strong position and sports that have a global focus are more challenged.”
But six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker is among the select few who are maintaining a positive outlook.
“We should stop with all this doom and gloom — of course tennis will be played this year,” Becker posted on his Twitter account.