She doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility that the grand slam will move to a different date or location. “It is our responsibility to investigate those options as well, but it doesn’t look like it will be necessary. We will make a final decision in the second half of June. ”
Allaster says the organization envisions a tightly organized tournament with numerous measures to stop the coronavirus. She is thinking of special charter flights for tennis players and tennis players from Europe, South America and Asia. Before the trip, they will be tested on Covid-19 and checked daily for disease symptoms during the tournament. “Their entourage will be kept to the strict minimum. They are not supposed to come here with five or more people. We can ensure that there are enough physiotherapists and masseurs available, ”says Allaster.
Playing without spectators is also possible and the men and women may play a maximum of three sets. “We haven’t really talked about that yet. If the players ask for it, we will certainly consider it. But without input from the players, it is not a decision that we will make ourselves. ”
No audience means less income, says financial director Lew Sherr. “But our sponsorship deals and contracts with the television channels and other media partners are significant, so it remains worthwhile to continue the tournament.”
Due to the pandemic, there are no professional tournaments on the ATP and WTA tour until the end of July. The Australian Open could continue in January. Roland Garros has been postponed to September 20 to October 4, Wimbledon has been canceled completely.
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