There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the outbreak of Covid – 19 has massively disrupted all of our lives. We can no longer be within two metres of anyone outside of our household – even family, we have to queue to get into the supermarket, and the vast majority of our recreational activities – from going out for a meal, to nipping to the pub with friends – have been put on hold ever since the lock down was announced.
Another industry that has been massively impacted by the coronavirus, is the sporting industry. There isn’t one that has gone unscathed, but for professional tennis fans, many are still left asking the question. What will happen next?
Read on to find out more information on how the Association of Tennis Professionals and the AELTC is responding to the Covid 19 outbreak, and its subsequent restrictions.
What is the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus – also commonly referred to as Covid – 19, is a respiratory infection which can be passed from human to human via the eyes, the nose, and the mouth. This strand of viruses spread in a very similar manner to the common cold, but come with a much higher level of severity in the respiratory system.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus around the world, all social interaction has been put to a stop. The symptoms include a high temperature and a dry, constant cough – and if someone is believed to have these, then the advice is for them and other members of their household to self – isolate from seven to fourteen days.
It’s the largest global pandemic of our generation, and is therefore being treated with appropriate caution.
Men’s Professional Tour and Wimbledon Cancelled
As with many other highly anticipated sporting events, the association of tennis professionals have been forces to cancel some of their highest ranking spectacles, including Wimbledon, which has been a summer tradition in the UK for many years.
On cancelling Wimbledon, chairman of the AELTC said the following:
“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”
In regards to the men’s professional tour and other upcoming tennis events, the association of tennis professionals released the following statement:
“The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s professional tennis tour due to escalating health and safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19,” read a statement. The suspension means all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events scheduled up to and inclusive of the week of April 20 will not take place. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly, and it represents a great loss for our tournaments, players, and fans worldwide.
However we believe this is the responsible action needed at this time in order to protect the health and safety of our players, staff, the wider tennis community and general public health in the face of this global pandemic.”
Professional tennis all around the world has been heavily affected by the outbreak of Covid – 19 and the subsequent lockdown and social distancing measures that have been introduced.
What Happens Next?
All of us are sat wondering what will happen to our lives as they slowly return to what is being called the “new” normal, but what does this mean for the world of professional Tennis?
Many sports face an uncertain future, because we really don’t know when – or in fact if – things will truly return to how they were. All tours and events have been suspended until the 7th of June at least, and will be reviewed in accordance with government guidelines and advice when the time is right.
For those fans out there who already had their tickets secured for large scale events such as the men’s professional tour and Wimbledon – we know they aren’t cheap – it has been confirmed that by contacting the place of purchase, you should be entitled to a full refund for your purchase.
We hope you are all keeping safe and healthy, and that professional tennis will recommence on a competitive level as soon as it is safe to do so.