Author: Mildred Shaw

Williams Sisters Competing on Mario Tennis Aces

Athletes with the Women’s Tennis Association announced they’ll be competing in a virtual tournament. This new setting follows after the COVID-19 pandemic has terrorized the global population. Confirmed athletes for this venue includes Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova. They’ll compete against celebrity personalities like Steve Aoki, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss. Pairings will compete on Mario Tennis Aces, a video game for the Nintendo Switch. It’ll be streamed through Facebook Gaming and be named “The Stay at Home Slam”, showing the athletes commitment towards social distancing.

Professional sporting venues worldwide have been terminated or postponed during the novel coronavirus. It’s prompted a significant increase in popularity for eSport Competitions, with professional athletes becoming formidable gamers. Sporting associations like the National Basketball Association, Premier League, Major League Soccer, Formula One, and MotoGP have implemented similar measures. These virtual venues are meant to replace real-life counterparts until the novel coronavirus is defeated globally.

There’s a substantial difference between the virtual venues being held by the MLS or NBA compared to Mario Tennis Aces. Major League Soccer holds their virtual matches through the FIFA20 video game on the PS4 Pro. It supports realistic gameplay and graphics that mimic regular competitions. Mario Tennis Aces is a cartoon-styled title meant for children, with characters nowhere resembling the athletes competing. Rackets aren’t realistic, and neither is the gameplay, involving supporters of international tennis shouldn’t take these pairings seriously. It’s more meant to generate funds for charity than to replace real-life tennis. Whoever wins this pairings contest can select a Non-Profit Charity of their choice, with a donation prize of $1 Million.

Who’s Battling Who

The pairings for this unconventional tournament were released. It’s a combination of WTA Athletes and Celebrity Personalities. Serena Williams will compete against Gigi Hadid, with Naomi Osaka battling it out with Hailey Bieber. The Serena Sisters will battle each other, with Venus taking an additional match against Deandre Hopkins. Steve Aoki is making an appearance, where he’ll serve against Kei Nishikori. Maria Sharapova is entering this competing in defence against Karlie Kloss. The infamous singer Seal is challenging Madison Keys in this Mario Aces competition, with Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae also competing against one another. The final matchup for this tournament is Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill, which will be one of the most-watched of this venue.

The WTA will accept additional donations during this tournament. All donations will be provided to relief funds throughout North America and the European Union. This marks the 1st instance that the Women’s Tennis Association has tried generating funds for COVID-19 relief. Those wanting to help can witness these matches on May 3rd on Facebook Gaming at 4 PM ET.

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Social Media Births Rooftop Tennis

Tennis athletes worldwide have been forced indoors under the global social distancing measures, with most nations not expected to lift their restrictions until July 1st or later. It’s prompted multiple athletes to reconsider how they engage with their favourite sport. Two females from Italy showcased their concept of playing tennis during the coronavirus, which became a viral sensation.

These two women were seen playing tennis from the rooftops, using the barrier between the connected buildings as their net. The length of this building enabled these women to social distance from one another. Tennis athletes that saw this viral video immediately enacted similar conditions with local friends & family, where available. It should be noted that most rooftops in North America don’t support the styling of European architecture. Buildings are typically split from one another and roofs are often angled. Unless living in an apartment complex, North America tennis athletes will find it challenging to engage with this method.

Thousands worldwide have posted videos of them playing tennis on their rooftops, still using the concrete barrier between the connected buildings as a net. Considering that summer is shortly arriving, and weather conditions are improving, it’s the perfect time to implement this scenario.

When Will Tennis Resume?

The Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association haven’t provided concrete answers to when international venues will resume. Information regarding the novel coronavirus is continuously changing, with updates forcing WTA and ATP Executives to keep their strategies private.

One strategy was leaked to international reporters, which revealed that attendees wouldn’t be permitted at these ATP or WTA venues for the first matches. Depending on the conditional factors of COVID-19 throughout the summer months, attendees could be allowed again. Another strategy suggests that the Association of Tennis Professionals engage specialized sanitary methods, ensuring anybody entering or leaving the facility will be tested for the novel coronavirus.

The second strategy is unlikely, with testing kits throughout North America and the European Union being limited to medical personnel. This follows after nations worldwide purchased an influx of testing kits for the novel coronavirus, which prompted an international shortage afterwards.

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Tennis Organizers Ignore Tour Suspensions

Tours for international tennis have been suspended amongst the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. However, there are now independent organizers that are ignoring the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Centre of Disease Control. Obtained data revealed that international tours would be played throughout Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate Province, which borders multiple European nations like France and Belgium. The Telegraph rumours that thirty-two matches will be played throughout four days. It follows after German authorities confirmed that the lockdown period would be lifted by May 1st. Safety protocols for this independent tour will be required, somewhat ensuring the protection of athletes and coaching staff. It’s expected that attendees won’t be permitted and that these will be televised events exclusively.

Individual players have been confirmed for these independent tours, including Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann and Dustin Brown. There’ll be a maximum of 100 players supported throughout this series, with them demanding the limitations of spectators. Confirmed broadcasters for this tour includes PlaySight and SkySports, meaning that online betting will be permitted. This was possible after receiving permission from the Tennis Integrity Unit, which governs specific tours throughout the European Union.

The Tennis Integrity Unit revealed the details behind this proposal. Agents with this governing association expressed that multiple organizers introduced this proposal, proposing various strategies to experience international tours throughout this unprecedented period. TIU Agents reviewed these various strategies and determined which protocols will best suit players. These plans were encouraged to be discussed with athletes, ensuring their approval as well. Everyone collectively agreed and are now moving forward. However, this can prompt potential fines from the World Health Organization, who still have social distancing measures implemented throughout the European Union.

Additional Tours

The Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, which is established in France, confirmed that they’d be holding the “Ultimate Tennis Showdown”. Created by Serena Williams head coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, this series will begin on May 16th. Multiple athletes confirmed their appearance at the UTS Venue, which included Alexei Popyrin and David Goffin. French tennis fans hope that athletes like Novak Djokovic or Nadal Rafael will compete in this competition. It’s expected that ten matches will be held weekly, with broadcasts being supported online. Attendees won’t be permitted, and minimal staff will be employed. These conditions will hopefully ensure the safety of ATP & WTA athletes.

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French Tennis Athletes Provided Financial Relief

The Coronavirus Pandemic has forced governments worldwide to implement financial relief, with this extending towards multiple sporting associations. The latest association to confirm their relief aid for athletes is the French Federation. They confirmed that €35 Million would be provided towards individuals within the professional tennis community. It follows after international tennis venues were postponed until July 15th, with cancellations of significant events following. Instead of Wimbledon being played from May 24th to June 7th, it’s been reformatted for September 20th to October 4th.

One of the most influential sports throughout France is tennis, with its community dominating over the European Union. There’s an additional relief fund available to professional athletes through the ATP & WTA, which is worth €70 Million. Most of those funds were provided to France, ensuring that their community is protected during this unprecedented period.

Financial severe difficulties have strained athletes in the Tennis community, with requirements to ensure their safety during this health crisis becoming mandatory. Affiliated clubs with the Association of Tennis Professional or French Professionals will receive an unknown valuation of relief funds. This will extend towards coaching staff, international officials and FFT organizers.

Coronavirus in France

The COVID-19 Pandemic throughout France has become detrimental, resembling the black plague from old. More than 10+ thousand deaths have followed for civilians acquiring the coronavirus infection. They now stand as the 4th highest nation with confirmed deaths, exceeding the volume that was seen throughout Italy and Spain. Fatalities in France are expected to rise drastically throughout the next two weeks. Just like the United States of America, their 1st wave won’t finish until summer. Because of the volume of fatalities, a 2nd and 3rd wave will unfold before a vaccine is provided to the civilians of France.

It’s expected that after the vaccine is created and distributed worldwide, civil unrest throughout France will resume. Significant protests and riots could see substantial damage in the country. It wouldn’t be the 1st time that France citizens had proven themselves ignorant when their government-assisted them. It also won’t be the last time, with France being historically built on civil unrest. COVID-19 will restart what history has already shown us.

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Wimbledon 2020 Cancelled Amidst COVID-19

The All England Tennis Club announced that the Wimbledon Championships would be cancelled for the 1st time since World War II. This follows after the increasing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has shut down the entire United Kingdom and forced drastic changes onto daily lives. Tennis professions worldwide have been expressing their sadness towards the announcement but agreed with protecting the overall community.

This announcement came as a significant blow against Roger Federer, who is losing opportunities to compete in Grand Slam Competitions. This is because of his ageing capabilities at thirty-eight. It should be noted that Federer has won eight of the twenty Grand Slam tournaments he’s participated in. Another notable athlete to express their disappointment to this announced closure was Coco Gauff. This sixteen-year-old champion rose to celebrity status after defeating Venus Williams at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Gauff was slated to compete against Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams last year. These two young athletes competing against each other at Wimbledon would’ve been a memorable battle.

When it applies to Simona Halep, the winner of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, she won’t be provided with the opportunity to defend her title. This comes as a significant blow to Simona, who has lost numerous training and competing opportunities. It’ll force a decline in her skillsets, which could mean losing her championship status to other notable WTA athletes like Gauff or Andreescu.

This didn’t stop Simona Halep from providing a social media posting on the 2020 Wimbledon Closure. She expressed through Twitter her disappointment towards the cancellation, with her noting that 2019s championship victory will be one of the most memorable and happy days in her life. Halep mentioned that COVID-19 is bigger than Wimbledon and tennis, that lives could be lost forever, but Wimbledon will always return. Simona Halep did note that she plans to defend her title and win in 2021.

The final sentiments were expressed by Katie Boulter, who mentioned that the closure comes as a significant loss for her professional opportunities. She said that supporting the overall community is more critical and hopes her opportunities won’t be lost after 2020. This follows after Katie has continued to age and lose her skillsets against younger opponents.

Roger Federer Donates $1 Million to Covid-19 Relief

Professional athletes worldwide have been donating substantial funds towards Covid-19 Relief or Research. The most recent include Roger Federer, one of the most infamous tennis players in the ATP. March 25th marked the date that this champion announced a $1.02 million donation to families in Switzerland. These families will have needed to been impacted by Covid-19. The announcement was prompted across multiple social media platforms run by Roger Federer.

Formal statements were provided through his social media accounts. Roger Federer noted that throughout these challenging and unprecedented times, nobody should be concerned about being left behind. That’s why I’ve personally decided, alongside my wife, to donate $1.02 Million towards the most affected families across Switzerland. The former champion expressed that their donation is just the beginning, and more will need to come forward. Since Switzerland is filled with numerous millionaires, it’s expected that they’ll recover financially and physically from Covid-19.

Covid-19 is becoming a pandemic across Switzerland, with more than 140+ citizens being killed for the novel coronavirus. John Hopkins University has been reviewing the outbreak in Switzerland, which has more than 10+ thousand confirmed cases. The potential for increased spreading and deaths are exponential in Switzerland. It should be noted that 19+ thousand have died worldwide, which is why nations globally are working towards eliminating this virus.

Additional Donations from Tennis Athletes

Simona Halep from the Women’s Tennis Association confirmed that she’d purchased a large volume of medical supplies for Romania healthcare workers. This announcement was made on March 17th, which assisted the local medical community in protecting themselves before Romania became a pandemic. Additional donations from tennis athletes include Bianca Andreescu, who auctioned her tennis gear during a coronavirus fundraiser. The Canadian athlete donated those funds to Canadian Healthcare Workers. John Isner, Caty McNally and Martina Hingis also made individual donations to fight against Covid-19.

None of the names mentioned above will play professional tennis until June 7th. This follows after both the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association confirmed the postponement of both leagues amidst Covid-19. Instead of supporters waiting until May 2020 for a Grand Slam event, they’ll be waiting until September 2020.

Serena Williams Feeling Impacts of Social Distancing

Social distancing measures is causing for millions throughout North America and Europe to begin feeling on edge. This is how Serena Williams, one of the most notable tennis legends, expressed how she’s feeling to social media supporters. Williams was forced into confinement after the American government implemented social distancing measures. Numerous athletes and celebrities have created TikTok Accounts during this period, including the 23-Time Grand Slam Champ. These videos related to Serena’s daughter and the mother’s concern for her safety.

Speaking to supporters through her recently registered TikTok Account, Serena Williams noted that she’d been implementing social distancing measures for two weeks. Considering that this athlete is often travelling to engaging with the world, her anxiety is slowly rising and prompting an on-edge feeling for Williams. Whenever the tennis champion has been involved with the public for groceries or needed supplies, she’ll glare with anger towards individuals that are sneezing or coughing. Serena Williams did mention that afterwards, she feels guilt, shame and then sadness for the other individual. This person could be slightly sick or infected with the deadly virus.

Williams Impacted with Concern for Daughter

These fears grow tenfold for Serena Williams whenever her daughter coughs, sneezes or expresses that she has a sore throat. There’s nothing parents can do during this period for their children, with Covid-19 having no viable solutions. Unlike the common cold or influenza, which can be stopped with antibiotics, there’s nothing available to defend ourselves against the novel coronavirus. Serena Williams believes that this virus won’t affect her loved ones or herself, with the proper measures being implemented to ensure overall safety.

Serena expressed that her fears toward Covid-19 grew when the Indian Wells was cancelled. However, she took it lightly to hear and considered that time off with the family. Once the ATP and WTA Tournaments were cancelled until May, that’s when Serena knew this was a severe global pandemic and that protection measures must be implemented to ensure her families safety. It should be noted that all formal and professional tennis events have been terminated following Covid-19. Williams believes that we’ll all get through this and that things will return to normal by summer if everyone practices social distancing. The chances of this happening are minimal though, with people often ignoring the rules governed throughout the last few weeks. 

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Tennis Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Professional Tennis Tournaments have been postponed globally until April. This follows after the “Association of Tennis Professional” confirmed through a press conference that a six-week postponement would follow. This is because of the increasing health concerns regarding the coronavirus, with the safety of attendees and participants being a significant priority. That’s why both the ATP Challenger Tour & Regular Tour have been cancelled until April 27th. This extends to the Women’s Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation, who both confirmed that postponements would last until April 20th.

The ATP Chairman noted that this decision wasn’t taken lightly and that it’s a substantial loss for our supporters. However, multiple governing associations and professional players agree that this decision is best to ensure the safety of the overall tennis community. These safety precautions extend to the general public as well, with this global pandemic being unprecedented in the modern era. It should be mentioned that staff were willing to walk off the job if cancellations weren’t implemented, forcing the hand of the ATP regardless.

Statements from representatives with the ATP expressed that the global nature of Tennis requires international travel, which has been postponed by multiple nations under newly formed restrictions. Were having to continually monitor the situation daily to determine when the ATP Tour, WTA Championship and ITF Tournament can resume. This task has proven to be challenging for multiple sporting associations, including MLS and the Premier League.

The Cancelled Venues

Following the confirmation to cancel professional matchup’s or tournaments, multiple venues have confirmed their closure. This includes the events slated for Charleston, Miami, Bogota and Guadalajara. Middle Eastern tournaments under the ATP Challenger Tour in Kazakhstan was cancelled on March 14th. This extended to additional matchups under this league in South Africa. When it applies to the World Tennis Tour, events were cancelled at the Indian Wells and Monte Carlo.

It’s suspected that all these notable cancellations will cause significant issues for tournament owners, who will lose hundreds of millions in respective contract agreements. There are also substantial concerns that ATP and WTA Players will begin losing access to their monthly funds, with these competitors earning money from their professional careers. Neither governing association has provided details on potential reimbursement. 

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Canadian Superstar Struggling with Recovery

One of the most influential players on professional tennis is struggling with her roads to recovery. This follows after Bianca Andreescu confirmed that she hasn’t returned to a 100% healthy playing condition, forcing her to miss out on upcoming events like the Indian Wells. Multiple supports in the tennis community have expressed their disappointment to this announcement, with Bianca being one of the most exciting players of the last two years. It was October 2019 that supports last saw Andreescu compete at the Indian Wells, where she provided severe competition to her opponents. Five months ago saw a substantial change for this woman, with her experiencing a left-knee injury during the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China.

Bianca Andreescu spoke with reporters through ESPN Tennis. The young Canadian superstar expressed that she’d stepped oddly during a return swing at the WTA Finals. She immediately heard her left-knee crack, with it then being bent inwards. Bianca noted that athletes must listen to their body and understand when it’s reached the maximum limit. This is precisely what Bianca accomplished at that moment, retreating from the court and requesting immediate medical attention. Doctors believe that Andreescu would’ve never played again if she hadn’t implemented this direct strategy.

The Tennis Superstar didn’t anticipate that the road to recovery would be longer than six months. It’s prompting for increasing frustration with this woman, who wants to defend her title and prove that she’s still capable of competing on the professional level. Multiple sporting analysts believe that this left-knee injury will create immeasurable faults in her skillsets, forcing Bianca’s career to be over before it truly began.

The Chances of Returning

The Head Coach for Bianca Andreescu expressed that this young woman doesn’t want to stop. Both Sylvain Bruneau and Bianca Andreescu have been completing her regular training routines throughout the last month. That mean’s they’ve begun re-training this Canadian for her re-emittance into professional tennis. Unfortunately, there isn’t any confirmation when this return will be confirmed. It should be noted that Bianca Andreescu is the most recent competitor to defeat both Venus and Serena Williams, with the Canadian’s performance considered one of the best in tennis history.

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Djokovic wins Dubai Tennis Championship

Novak Djokovic is back in the news after winning the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. This followed after he defeated Gael Monfils during the semifinals, indicating that the former champ had returned to his previous greatness. It was once again proven after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas during the finals with 6-3 and 6-4 sets. This marks Novak’s second title this season.

When it applies to his battle with Gael Monfils, it was an unexpected victory that saw bookies shocked with the results. Novak Djokovic was anticipated to lose the semifinals but ended up experiencing tripe-match winning points. The 1st match was at 3-6, then 2nd at 7-6 and the 3rd at 6-1. Sporting analysts mentioned how he competed flawlessly and showed similar form during the finals, enabling Novak Djokovic to acquire a 79th ATP Title. This allows Novak to stand at the number one tennis player in the world.

Djokovic stated publicly: “Yesterday I was one shot away from losing the match, and it could’ve easily happened that I wasn’t here fighting for the trophy today. But this is a sport, and things can turn around very quickly, and I’m thankful for this opportunity. I appreciate this moment. It’s a big win for me.”

The Finals

When it applies to the finals, Stefanos was the leading contender during the beginning of this series. Novak fought off the formidable display of talent shown by Stefanos, eventually breaking through his defence after what seemed like countless serves. This changed when Novak performed a crosscourt background, enabling him to acquire a lead at 5-3.

The second match in the finals became more complicated with Stefanos coming back against Novak’s lead, showing strike after strike without any break. Within an hour it forced Djokovic to backdown until the 3rd match, where he’d be victorious with a two-over three-match win. This means that after eight games, the almighty Stefanos Tsitsipas will have lost his winning streak. Taking this victory means that Novak Djokovic has taken Dubai five times, with the last time being 2013. He’s three shy from defeating the record holder of Roger Federer.

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