Tennis walks into quarantine

The ATP and WTA have locked themselves into an atypical calendar and strict requirements to advance to their first Grand Slam of the year: the Australian Open.


While cancellations and postponements continue unabated for one reason or another, due to pandemic or snow, in the most diverse sports, handball, futsal, cycling, basketball or soccer, the professional tennis circuits have locked themselves in an atypical calendar and on strict requirements to advance to his first Grand Slam of the year: the Australian Open, which will take place three weeks later than planned, from February 8 to 21. Tennis is already underway with three competitions in unison, two from the ATP, Delray Beach and Antalya, and one from the WTA, Abu Dhabi, which will crown the first three champions of the 2021 season this Wednesday, the 13th. Also the previous phases of Australia, which have been taken out of their country, to Doha and Dubai, so as not to interfere with the rigid sanitary protocol to which the tennis players will be subjected. The rest are prepared in their usual places: Rafa Nadal, for example, exercises in his Academy with Roberto Bautista, one of the players who usually starts the course stronger.

A couple of days after these tournaments, between January 15 and 17, the Open participants will arrive in Melbourne and Adelaide to face a two-week quarantine, locked in hotels, although with minimal permits to train. The conditions are mandatory under warning of harsh administrative and criminal sanctions. If you do not accept, you stay at home, which is what Roger Federer seems to have done, according to information confirming that his withdrawal was for family reasons and not because of his injury. In exchange, Melbourne will host two pre-events, plus the ATP Cup, in early February, so players can pick up a competitive pace. A very demanding but imaginative solution. The alternative was to leave the calendar blank. Much worse.

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