Tennis returns half

The previous phase of Cincinnati on Thursday launched the New York bubble, which has not achieved the consensus of the great stars of this sport.


This Thursday began the qualifying phase of Cincinnati, which is actually played in New York. It is the same case of the Dakar, which is still called this way even if it is celebrated in South America or Saudi Arabia. Just as the old raid had to leave Africa at the time due to terrorist threats, this traditional August tournament has been located in the Big Apple to form a bubble, together with the US Open, that protects the participants from the pandemic. Sports emergencies. This Cincinnati Masters 1000, also called the Western & Southern Open, marks the restart of ATP tennis, which has not competed since February. The WTA circuit also meets on this stage, although the women already returned in early August in Palermo, with a more daring alternative calendar.

Paradoxically, international tennis returns in the same facilities in Flushing Meadows that hosted a field hospital during the peak curve of the coronavirus. And he does it quite touched. Tennis joins other sports that have managed to relaunch their professional activity such as football, basketball, motor racing, cycling, golf, motorcycles, boxing ... But, unlike these, it has not achieved the consensus of its maximum stars. The notable absences will inevitably place an asterisk in the outcome of this Masters and the subsequent Grand Slam. In the top-10 of the ATP there have been two resignations, that of its current champion, Rafa Nadal, and that of Monfils, which are added to the injured Roger Federer. In the top-10 of the WTA the gap is even greater, because six players have been eliminated, including the current champion, Andreescu; the first two in the world, Barty and Halep; in addition to Svitolina, Bencic and Bertens. If we lengthen the ranking, they appear more illustrious: Kyrgios, Wawrinka ... Tennis starts halfway, trapped in its own globality.

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