Berlin will have their 1st tennis exhibition tournament since COVID-19 became an international pandemic, forcing professional sports to postpone their operations. Various sports have resumed in Germany, like Bundesliga. The returning of tennis though is being hailed by millions throughout the European Union, with Berlin being a notable location for the ATP Tournament.
Organizers behind “The 2020 Berlin Exhibition Tennis Tournament” have aimed Novak Djokovic & Alexander Zverev. These two men aren’t permitted to arrive at this tournament, with similar reactions from other exhibitions anticipated against Novak and Alexander. It follows after both men were seen partying in the Balkans, being shirtless & dancing with female attendees. Thousands of Balkan civilians were seen in the background.
This nightclub party was maintained after Novak Djokovic hosted the “Adria Tour”, which saw dozens of COVID-19 infections be sustained amongst tournament personnel & ticketholders. Multiple members in the Association of Tennis Professionals contracted COVID-19 as well, including Novak Djokovic & Alexander Zverev. New infections amongst ATP members included Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, and Viktor Troicki.
Even after Alexander Zverev was confirmed negative & healed from the novel coronavirus, organizers with Berlin’s Exhibition Tennis Tournament pressured the ATP Athlete to withdraw his contention. An official statement from both parties claims that Alexander Zverev is self-isolating for precautionary purposes. That statement was proven false after paparazzi photographed Alexander at an undesignated party in Germany. It showed that Zverev hadn’t learned anything from his actions at the Adria Tour.
Edin Weindorfer is the Head Organizer for BETT 2020. He iterated that Alexander made more than one mistakes, aiming the selfish behaviour Zverev has displayed over the last month. It paints a poor picture of Germany to the international tennis community. His actions have caused for multiple ATP Athletes to backlash against Alexander, including Nick Krygios. Nick Krygios remarked that Alexander Zverev is selfish, alongside Novak Djokovic. Both men showed their lack of sympathy & maturity to the international community, which won’t be forgotten anytime soon. This extends tenfold towards Novak Djokovic & his refusal to be vaccinated for the novel coronavirus when their available later in 2021.
Supporters of Novak Djokovic are reeling with excitement after the #1 ATP Champion announced that both & himself have tested negative for COVID-19. Their announcement was promptly confirmed by the Djokovic Media Team, marking a turnaround period of ten days since Novak contracted the virus.
Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 after holding a tennis tournament in Serbia, where all social distancing requirements were lifted. Multiple attendees & athletes became infected with the coronavirus, with some immediate receiving attention. Others weren’t lucky enough for prompt medical services & it’s reported that some Serbian Civilians could’ve died from the fallout of this tournament. Matches were seen throughout Belgrade, Zadar, Croatia, and Serbia. Medical experts & investigators determining how many confirmed cases of coronavirus can be traced back to this tournament. Novak Djokovic could find himself being charged & arrested by Croatian Authorities, with a possible prison sentencing.
The Djokovic Media Team indicated that both the #1 ATP Champion & Jelena had survived their onslaught of coronavirus. Arrogance was measured in their remarks, with PR Reps indicating that neither of these individuals had symptoms associated with COVID-19. It was emphasized that both remained Self-Isolated at the Serbian Capital, with permission for their re-entry into society not granted until coronavirus tests kits indicated a negative reading.
Additional Cases & The Fallout
The Exhibition Tennis Series managed by Novak Djokovic had detrimental effects for the Serbian people, extending towards Croatian civilians as well. Reports indicated that four participants in this exhibition series had contracted the novel coronavirus. Named the Adria Tour Exhibition, Novak Djokovic claimed that matches would resume ASAP. Government officials enforced their governing powers & forced Djokovic to cancel all remaining events. It prompted the #1 ATP Tennis Professional to clarify that as an Anti-Vaccine Advocate, he’ll refuse the vaccine for coronavirus & allow his body to build the necessary cells to defend against this virus. Scientific minds knew that COVID-19 doesn’t work in this manner, that refusing the vaccine will ultimately lead to death.
Reports from European News Sources reveal that Serbia has experienced an influx of COVID-19 Infections since the Adria Tour Exhibition. This entertainment venue alongside many others in Serbia prompted the arrival of confirmed cases. Novak has shown zero empathy towards confirmed statistics.
The highest-rated tennis player worldwide announced earlier in May that he’d contracted COVID-19. This contraction of the virus that’s infected more than ten million worldwide comes after Novak Djokovic refused to abide by recommendations of international health experts. Most analysts in the international tennis community weren’t surprised with the reactions shown by Novak Djokovic, with the #1 ATP Athlete being active support of Anti-Vaccinations.
The professional tennis champion clarified that he’d not get a vaccine for coronavirus, citing concerns for government involvement & possible repercussions down the road. His foolishness has often been disregarded by the community. That disregard won’t be avoided after COVID-19. Novak Djokovic is the direct reason why dozens have contracted the novel coronavirus & possibly jumpstarted another outbreak of coronavirus in Croatia.
Multiple competitors competed in the “Adria Tour Exhibition Tournament”, which was hosted in the Balkan Region of Croatia. Those ATP Competitors included Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki. It’s expected that multiple other professionals that played in this tournament also contracted COVID-19 but aren’t officially releasing the information. Amid the controversial stances that Novak Djokovic has, the ATP #1 Athlete still provided a formal statement regarding the Adria Tour Exhibition Tournament controversy. He remarked that immediately upon returning home to Belgrade, both Novak & Jelena Djokovic were tested. After being confirmed with the virus, their children were also tested & announced with a negative status.
The apologies remarked by Novak were minimal, with the champion mentioning his hope towards everyone’s health situation. It’d be remarkable if nobody that contracted the virus didn’t die from immediate or longstanding effects. When questioned on the possibility of being responsible for the deaths of Croatian Citizens or his fellow competitors, Novak showed minimal remorse. These actions will ultimately see Novak lose the respect of his ATP Coworkers.
It should be mentioned that the remaining events slated for the Adria Tour Exhibition Tournament have been cancelled. This decision was made by Novak Djokovic, who believed that by locating the competition to new countries, the virus could be avoided. It was the Association of Tennis Professionals who demanded Novak terminate these venues. Dealings between these two parties weren’t made public, but it’s suspected that severe punishment was threatened to Novak upon possible refusal.
The sport of tennis is gearing up for the inaugural U.S. Open, but it will not be without changes. One of those changes will see is being held without the crowds of adoring fans. The event, which is scheduled to run from the 31st of August through to the 13th of September however will not enforce restriction on the teams that travel with players.
As expected, Flushing Meadows will play host to the Grand Slam event even though a number of top-seeded players have expressed concerns over its location in New York City. The plan submitted and approved by New York’s Mayor, Andrew Cuomo, will be without qualifying matches or mixed doubles matches.
Mike Dowse, the US Tennis Association chief commented that “We can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport.” To date, there has not been any tennis tournaments played since March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, in order to accommodate the U.S. Open, a firm health and safety plan has been provided to players, their teams and various other organizations involved in its running. These include:
Among the details in the US Open’s health and safety plan, which has been widely shared on social media, were:
All players who travel to New York to attend the tournament will be restricted to staying at hotels outside of Manhattans and may only book a maximum of two hotel rooms.
Only two people per room will be permitted however options for renting private residences is allowed
Players travelling to New York will be entitled to two rooms in an official hotel outside Manhattan.
No Players entering the U.S will need to get tested before leaving but will not be required to undergo quarantine
Throughout the tournament, all players, coaches and event staff will be tested once or twice a week and will have to submit to daily temperature checks.
All in attendance at the venue will be required to wear mask unless working out, playing in a match or practising.
United States has highest death toll from coronavirus cases
Currently, the United States has seen an implosion in the number of reported confirmed cases of CIVID-19. They also have the highest death rate with current reported deaths reportedly now surpassing 100,000. The state of New York has been the one hit the hardest with over 30,000 deaths being recorded, hence the added precautions, although many would argue the Open should be postponed. On the decision to move ahead with the U.S. Open, US Tennis Association chief Mike Dowse said, “We recognise the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times. We will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks.”
Tennis supporters worldwide were shocked by the behaviour of their former champion, Novak Djokovic. He approved & permitted the lack of social distancing when competing at the Belgrade Tennis Club. Located on the Danube River in Serbia, this charity tennis tour was organized for the Djokovic Family. It showed a clear desperation for the former champion to resume professional tennis. When organizing this venue, Novak didn’t implement social distancing measures. Less than one hundred of the thousands that attended this charitable match were seen wearing face masks.
Medical experts now anticipate an influx of COVID-19 cases will be confirmed in the Danube River Region. ATP Members like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer refused to participate in this charitable match. It forced Novak Djokovic to employ the assistance of Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Jelena Jankovic, and Grigor Dimitrov. Those that attended this charitable venue are expected to receive criticism for their actions over the next several days.
Novak Djokovic didn’t break any laws by maintaining a charitable tennis event. The Serbian Government lifted their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after cases in their country dropped for zero. However, those cases have continued to rise over the last several days. Consumers in Serbia are entering retail locations again & coming across Asymptomatic Civilians that ultimately infect them. Governments like Serbia, and civilians like Novak Djokovic need to understand that restrictions must be implemented until a vaccine is released.
When questioned on his actions, Novak Djokovic defended himself by noting he isn’t the individual that makes the rules. The former champion believes that the government knows what’s right & wrong for civilian health, not 99% of the medical community worldwide. It shows the audacious behaviour of Novak that has slowly dwindled in reputation in the Association of Tennis Professionals. When asked what he’d do with being met by criticism, Novak confirmed he’d hold another venue to show Serbians their safe. His mindset is that of an egotistical adult that hasn’t faced severe odds. Novak Djokovic could find himself acquiring the novel coronavirus if continuing to hold these charitable venues.
Neca Dorokashvili has falsified claims regarding her former husband. Allegations remark that the wife of Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 27th Highest Ranked ATP Professional, was physically assaulted during their marriage. It prompted Nikoloz to be charged with Domestic Abuse by the Prosecutor’s Office of George. They demanded bail listed at $31,300.00 and reminded Basilashvili that he’d have to attend court by July 16th. It should be mentioned that Neca Dorokashvili charged her husband before Georgian Law Enforcement conducted their formal investigation. After court dates were officially released, a study was prompted.
Nikoloz Basilashvili released a formal statement regarding this matter through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The sentiments weren’t remarked directly from Nikoloz, as comments were read through his lawyers. Legal council for this ATP Professional mentioned that these claims are unsubstantiated, falsified, and unfounded based on no evidence. A detailed examination of this couple’s divorce in 2019 reveals that Neca Dorokashvili didn’t receive financial freedom from the courts. Some speculate that these falsified claims are meant to initiate a lawsuit that can garner additional finances.
Lawyers revealed that video evidence released to the Georgian Courts didn’t verify the allegations mattered by Neca Dorokashvili. His legal counsel firmly expects that all charges will be dropped, with court officials having no choice but to abide by formal legislation. Those investigating the evidence released to the Georgian Courts will be disappointed, with Georgia maintaining a system that favours woman over men. This is common worldwide & based on an outdated ideology.
Evidence Favouring Nikoloz Basilashvili
Nikoloz Basilashvili’s Legal Council remarked that those close with this couple during their messages had provided the courts with Texting Transcripts, Video Records, and Photographic Evidence. All information handed over favour Nikoloz Basilashvili over Neca Dorokashvili. Clarifying the history of this relationship through the media, Neca was always considered a swan song for the Georgian people.
It prompted insiders within the Georgian media to purposely create a false image of Nikoloz Basilashvili, which saw the overwhelming majority favour this young woman over one of their most notable athletes. What Nikoloz Basilashvili will do after this investigation is resolved is unknown, with most expecting that he’ll fight for full custody of their child & cut all contact with Neca Dorokashvili off.
Most sports analysts wouldn’t have anticipated that Roger Federer, the most notable tennis athlete worldwide, would become the highest-paid athlete in 2020. That’s precisely what’s happened though with the recent publication of “Forbes Highest Paid Athletes Worldwide”. This marks the 1st time that a tennis professional has acquired 1st place on this ranked system, with Federer earning $106.3 Million in May 2019.
Roger Federer was previously ranked 5th in the 2019 Edition of Forbes list, which was already the most critical position a tennis athlete had acquired. Lucrative sponsorship deals increased through 2020, with his appearance fees growing by $100 million. Roger Federer is now the 2nd athlete to accomplish the task of achieving these appearance fees, with Tiger Woods being the 1st. Federer represents multiple brands throughout the European Union, where his popularity is most influential. Those include Credit Suisse, Wilson, Rolex, and Mercedes Benz.
The Senior Editor of Forbes Magazine provided his thoughts on why Roger Federer defeated notable footballers like Ronaldo & Messi. Kurt Baden noted that the COVID-19 pandemic prompted reduced salaries for these famous athletes, with similar measures not imposed onto Roger Federer. That’s because tennis professionals represent themselves exclusively, similarly to how golfers like Tiger Woods are singular entities in their sport. This enables for dictated finances to be dependent on their delegations. Kurt Baden revealed that Federer would forever be remembered by his endorsement portfolio, an aspect that defines the careers of notable legends.
Additional Rankings for Tennis Pros
Roger Federer previously almost acquired 1st place on the Forbes Ranking System. He was positioned in 2nd during 2019, which is still considerably higher than opposing tennis players. When looking towards the positioned ranking acquired by Novak Djokovic, he was rated at twenty-three. Rafael Nadal stood four positions lower at 27, with Kei Nishikori following the tennis pros by ranking 40th. It should be noted that all these athletes earn 50% less than the appearance fees obtained by Federer. Novak maintains a 2019-20 salary of $44.6 million.
It should be mentioned that Roger Federer has donated a large percentage of his recently acquired wealth to COVID-19 relief aid. This tennis professional has taken a philanthropist approach towards his funds, ensuring that his wealth benefits thousands & not exclusively himself.
Professional Tennis isn’t likely to resume for a prolonged period. Multiple athletes connected to the Association of Tennis Professionals have expressed their concerns towards extended delays. This follows after the COVID-19 pandemic has begun entering its 2nd wave worldwide, which will prompt a significant degree of deaths. Individuals like Roger Federer isn’t willing to engage with professional tennis until the pandemic is concluded. Afterwards, he demands that fans be permitted to attend matches. That’s because Federer is concerned that the lack of live supporters will destroy the livelihood of tennis.
Roger Federer was questioned by online reporters on the potential of the ATP Tour resuming. All sports leagues have received this question after the German Bundesliga League restarted their operations. It prompted Spain’s La Liga to implement similar measures for June 12th, where is when supporters of Barcelona FC can see Lionel Messi compete against since March.
All sporting leagues entered a hiatus period during Mid-March, which is when the novel coronavirus infected nations worldwide after being an exclusive virus to China for weeks. Roger Federer welcomed the concept of a hiatus period, which followed after the Tennis Champion was informed; he had to recuperate from knee surgery for months. He would’ve lost essential points in the 2020 Championship if it wasn’t for this hiatus period. Some sports analysts question Federer’s motives, with there being the minor chance that Roger isn’t supporting the resumption of professional tennis for an increased healing period. The longer Federer can heal, the better chance he has at defeating Nadal this year.
Benefits for Federer
Roger Federer is infamously one of the most legendary Tennis athletes in history. He’s won more championships than the average competitor, prompting him to win countless trophies. It’s been noted that Federer has resumed his training for the 2020 season. It suits the former champion to remain in isolation training for a prolonged period. By holding off, Federer gains a unique advantage that most who receive injuries don’t. More information regarding Roger’s insight into the inevitable return of professional tennis will be seen through his social media accounts, like Instagram and Twitter.
The 2020 Tennis Calendar is dwindling with each passing week, with venue after venue confirming that their events have been terminated. The number of cancelled events exceeds forty, with all cancellations following after the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted extensive damage. Additional tournaments were cancelled, with the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association both confirming that there won’t be any planned matches until July or August. Conflictions on when the season will resume have occurred, with the WTA believing a July restart is possible. The ATP doesn’t see regulated tennis being planned until August.
Another notable cancellation for the tennis community this year was “The International Tennis Hall of Fame”, who confirmed that this year’s introduction ceremony had been postponed until 2021. That means that Goran Ivanisevic & Conchita Martinez won’t be inducted into the HOF for another twelve months or longer. Organizers didn’t provide details on when the new ceremony will be hosted.
The International Tennis Federation also shocked loyal supporters, announcing that all planned matches and tournaments are cancelled until July 2020. This extends towards Disabled, Junior, and Senior Leagues. Updates on when this seasonal postponed will be lifted are expected to come by June 15th. That’s when official dates for the ITF 2020 Season will be revealed.
Tennis Professionals had begun hunkering down for the long haul when it was announced on April 1st that all tours were postponed until July 13th. The International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association are still abiding by that preplanned schedule. The Association of Tennis Professionals is the exclusive international league that’s considering a longer postponement. Their medical experts have informed them of outbreaks can still occur for prolonged periods, that is until a vaccine is released internationally.
Recent cancellations under the updated postponement period include the 2020 French Open, 2020 United States Open, and Wimbledon. Both the French & US Open are considering rescheduling their venues for August 30th to 31st. We’ll provide our readers with updates regarding this situation. Regardless of what happens with the 2020 Tennis Schedule, spectators won’t be permitted, and social distancing measures will be forced.
The National Bank of Canada announced that they’d
provide their tennis professionals with cash grants, ensuring they’re protected
throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This included 23 individuals that are
registered through Tennis Canada, the governing body that’s responsible for the
Association of Tennis Professionals and Woman’s Tennis Association. These
Canadian Pros have faced significant financial pressure by being unable to
compete in their respective tournaments.
Tennis Canada & the National Bank
collectively announced that up to $20,000 would be awarded to these
professionals. The amount granted to these individuals will depend on their
level in the WTA or ATP, with lower-ranking professionals making considerably
less than their champion counterparts. This announcement follows after all
other professional athletes in Canada were awarded grants through their
sporting associations, including players in the NHL and MLS.
The tennis professionals in Canada aren’t
considered the most influential, with their recognizable star athlete being
Bianca Andreescu. The average tennis pro in Canada is ranked from 10th to 750th
in Single Competitions, while competitions in the Doubles Tournaments are
listed in the top 100. It should be noted that Bianca Andreescu is the
highest-rated Canadian tennis pro, at the 10th highest valued WTA competitor.
Additional recipients of this grant will include Leylah Annie Fernandez, Sharon Fichman, Brayden Schur, Peter Polansky and Rebecca Marino. These individuals haven’t been permitted to compete since all tennis professionals were informed the WTA & ATP Seasons had been terminated internationally, with the cancellation taking effect in Mid March. It’s been confirmed that these competitors won’t be permitted to play until August 1st, with a specific exception being made to the “Rogers Cup – Men’s Tournament” in Toronto, Ontario.
Leylah Fernandez Selected
Few tennis professionals from Canada have made public remarks regarding their grant. Leylah Annie Fernandez provided her insight, noting that these finances won’t exclusively assist with her day-to-day living standards but will also guarantee her training doesn’t end. That means Leylah can continue to represent the Canadian Sports Community to the best of her abilities. Some disputed these claims, as Fernandez is located in Florida, Boynton Beach. This location wasn’t by choice for Leylah Annie Fernandez. She was slated to compete in the state when COVID-19 broke out in America, being unable to return home, Leylah has remained indoors at her training facility.