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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    I guess my perception of how it would work is based on what Bundesliga are doing, which means the quarantine for athletes/personnel would involve staying in place and only being able to access designated areas. I can't imagine it'd be wise to let them out in NYC, which even in September will still be somewhat of a hotspot, especially if borders reopen.
    M8. , Felix AA said it will be hard to travel from Manhattan if players are quarantined there during the USO . Is that the case?


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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by omess View Post
    M8. , Felix AA said it will be hard to travel from Manhattan if players are quarantined there during the USO . Is that the case?


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    In the sense that typically, main draw players can schedule their transport at a time convenient to them - a car and driver come. In this case, they'd probably have to take scheduled charter buses/vans to minimize health risks (would make it possible to screen/quarantine drivers). But this would have to happen whether they're in Manhattan or elsewhere.

    On the other hand, much less traffic


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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    It also raises an interesting question about whether the tours would treat it as mandatory under the circumstances. I mean, points are all up in the air right now anyway (has either tour said what's happening with points from cancelled tournaments?). But it would be awkward to create a situation where players felt they had to go to NYC if there's still a high infection rate there, or lose a lot of ranking points. Would they offer protected rankings for players who chose not to travel?

    I notice the ATP web site shows rankings frozen at Mar. 16 so maybe they did say something about this?
    What would they do with the points? Say, if you hold the French Open in the fall sometime, and then in 2021 the French Open is held at its usual time, to the points from the fall tournament fall off when the tournament resumes (presumably) during its regular time period? Has any one heard this being discussed?
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    What would they do with the points? Say, if you hold the French Open in the fall sometime, and then in 2021 the French Open is held at its usual time, to the points from the fall tournament fall off when the tournament resumes (presumably) during its regular time period? Has any one heard this being discussed?
    They have not said anything publicly but i think * the points for the fall tournament will still stay for 52 weeks so they will have 2 French Open in the ranking.


    * This what happened in the past when tournaments changed date


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    World TeamTennis Plans to Play Its Entire Season in West Virginia
    The league is planning to have a three-week season featuring nine teams from July 12 to Aug. 1 at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

    By Marc Stein
    May 24, 2020, 2:10 p.m. ET

    World TeamTennis, the coed professional tennis league that has operated in summers after Wimbledon since the 1970s, has chosen a site in West Virginia to conduct its entire 2020 season, according to several people familiar with the league’s plans.

    Play on the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours has been suspended until at least Aug. 3, but World TeamTennis plans to stage a three-week season featuring nine teams from July 12 to Aug. 1 at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

    The reigning Australian Open women’s singles champion, Sofia Kenin; the 2017 United States Open women’s singles champion, Sloane Stephens; and the most successful men’s doubles team in the game’s history, the twins Bob and Mike Bryan, are among the players who have committed to participate. With no tournaments available on either the ATP or the WTA tours for the next two months, World TeamTennis officials are expected to pursue other marquee signings before play begins.

    Carlos Silva, the league’s chief executive, declined to comment on Saturday. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Silva said World TeamTennis was “still on track for July 12” to open the season, adding that an announcement about site selection was imminent. The Greenbrier is owned by Jim Justice, the state’s governor.

    Matches in World TeamTennis consist of sets to five games (rather than to six) in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The league, still one of the few in pro sports that enables men and women to play on the same team, was founded in 1974 with Billie Jean King as a driving force on and off the court.

    This month, there have been some regional exhibition events, including separate men’s and women’s four-player fields in Florida that featured top-50 players. World TeamTennis is not tour-level tennis, but it is regarded as more competitive than exhibition play, offering nearly $5 million in total prize money, including $1 million for the playoffs. CBS and ESPN have been confirmed as World TeamTennis broadcast partners.

    The league, according to the people, was still finalizing its safety protocols, including whether to permit fans. Tennis was at the forefront of sports’ response to the coronavirus outbreak when tournament officials abruptly canceled the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., which is regarded as the sport’s unofficial fifth major, on March 8 — three days before the N.B.A. suspended its 2019-20 season.

    The rest of the 2020 tennis season, including the U.S. Open, remains in doubt even though the sport, at least in singles, naturally encourages social distancing while the ball is in play. With tennis’s multinational nature that relies heavily on travel and the frequent crossing of global borders, it is unclear when tournament play can resume during the pandemic.

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    The site of the Charleston tournament canceled in April is set to host a new event featuring Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Bianca Andreescu, among others. Details haven't been fully released but it's some sort of team event where Stephens and Keys will be captains.
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    The site of the Charleston tournament canceled in April is set to host a new event featuring Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Bianca Andreescu, among others. Details haven't been fully released but it's some sort of team event where Stephens and Keys will be captains.
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Interesting article on USO


    US Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests
    By HOWARD FENDRICH
    May 30, 2020 GMT
    Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks.


    https://apnews.com/e8316868325fbff057d6293978af2bb0



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    And quarantine when they return home.
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by omess View Post
    Interesting article on USO


    US Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests
    By HOWARD FENDRICH
    May 30, 2020 GMT
    Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks.


    https://apnews.com/e8316868325fbff057d6293978af2bb0



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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ2004 View Post
    I'm sorry, what? A grand slam with no fans? What's the point?
    Makes as much sense as a play without an audience.
    And I know. There is always TV. But we can't be a civilization in which all things are measured by Idiot Box standards and ratings.
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    It's a bit desperate to be honest, particularly if it as seems without any warm up tournaments. RG is still hoping to have some fans too...
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    It's a bit desperate to be honest, particularly if it as seems without any warm up tournaments. RG is still hoping to have some fans too...
    FO is saying 20-25000 daily fans on site instead of the usual 40000... it seems like a lot


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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    Here's the thing. You can be an excellent driver. You can be a careful driver, paying attention to the things happening around you. But there is often nothing you can do about that one idiot in another vehicle.

    It's the same thing with social distancing as it relates to potentially resuming sporting events. And this has happened to me almost every time I have ventured out. I have my mask. I keep my distance from others. I respect people's space. But there's nothing I can do about that one idiot who either is ill-informed, thinks this is all a hoax, or is just plain rude. And anyone who has ever been at a tennis event will know that you will have zero luck getting people to stand 6 feet apart while waiting to rush into the stands, scout the scene for that perfect seat while making others behind you wait for you to get out of their way, and then taking your seat.

    You can try to control yourself in some situations, but you have absolutely no control over anyone else around you.
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    Re: Covid19 & Tennis

    In an unusual attempt to save two of the top events in American tennis during the coronavirus pandemic, the United States Tennis Association has proposed staging a doubleheader in New York by moving a tournament that leads into the United States Open at the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/s...?smid=tw-share

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