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.
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.
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.
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.
Media representatives and supporters of the British television series, Love Island, were shocked to learn that Caroline Flack passed away. This marks the 3rd death related to the Love Island franchise in two years, with all three killing themselves. The other individuals included Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, with many claiming that the social pressure of this show forced negative thoughts onto these reality stars.
Caroline Flack is the girlfriend of Lewis Burton, one of the most notable Tennis professionals of the last decade. Burton forced the conversation regarding the ethics of this reality television series, which place significant elements of judgement from global audiences. This pressure surpassed Caroline Flack, forcing her to commit suicide by an overdose of February 15th.
Lewis Burton expressed that his heart is broken since learning about her death, that they both had something special and that he’ll miss her forever. Lewis mentioned that Caroline felt safe with him, but the two couldn’t be together because of legal troubles. Burton finished his statements to reporters by expressing that he’ll always be her baby and that he’ll make her proud every day, ending things off with a simple I love you.
Possible Destructive Relationship
Caroline Fleck has become considerably more famous in her death, with most unaware of the genuine truth behind her relationship with Lewis Burton. Both had a raged-fuel relationship with one another that often resulted in physical assault. Reports from insiders close to the couple indicate that physical violence had occurred multiple times throughout 2019, with the final breaking point coming when she attacks Lewis Burton and assaulted him. Details regarding that assault haven’t been made public by law enforcement. However, it was known that Caroline Fleck was on bail and awaiting court on March 4th. Caroline pleaded not guilty; with law enforcement previous claiming they have video evidence regarding the altercation.
These two individuals broke law enforcement guidelines and continued to speak with each other following Caroline Fleck being arrested. Lewis Burton made their remaining connection public when he sends her a direct message on Valentine’s Day, which centred around their love for each other. Burton claims neither of them had physically assaulted each other, but this wouldn’t follow with Lewis’s history with prior girlfriends. Insider allegations regarding the predatory behaviour of Lewis Burton have been prevalent for 5+ years, indicating that this man has a violent past.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have used their athletic personas to raise millions for charity. This follows after a match in Cape Town, with all proceeds going towards children’s education in nations across Africa. More than fifty thousand individuals attended this event; marking is the highest-record attendance record in tennis history. Subsequently, this substantial presence allowed for three million in charitable funds to be acquired.
Roger Federer spoke with reporters after the event concluded, expressing that is was an honour to play for the 50+ thousand fans tonight. Being one of the best tennis matches in history, it’s suitable that Roger and Rafael competed in Cape Town. It’s a destination that holds numerous memories for all professional athletes in the ATP or WTA. Federer noted to reporters that this matchup was more than tennis but a historical moment that’ll be remembered for decades to come. Considering that Federer is ageing and will inevitably have to retire, he mentioned that Rafael should continue this tradition in the following years. When it applies to Roger, this match marked one of his most significant moments and saw him return to the location where his roots began.
Another historical moment for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was that this marked the 1st official ATP match that supported African children. The people of Africa saw the benefits this match could bring, which saw the influx of visitors. Fifty thousand viewers are on par with the UFC or NFL. It’ll be decades before another game like this happens again.
Rafael Nadal expressed to reports that the energy of this matchup was incredible and that his feelings couldn’t be described. Nadal mentioned that this was a lifetime experience that was played for an astonishing crowd in the continent’s best stadium. This isn’t the 1st time that Nadal has experienced courts in South Africa, competing in Children Leagues that travelled to Cape Town. However, this marked the first time he played in the professional environment. It should be noted that Bill Gates, the CEO of Microsoft, matched whatever these men brought it. Subsequently, the children of Africa have received $6 million towards education.
Venus Williams, the older sister to Serena Williams, has been defeated by Coca Gauff for the second consecutive year. When the 2019 Wimbledon took place, the tennis community became shocked when Coca Gauff defeated Venus Williams. This unknown 15-year old dominated over Williams at the grand slam tournament, with the former queen of tennis being dethroned. Venus wasn’t able to reacquire her vengeance against Coca Gauff at the 2020 Australian Open and history repeated itself with Coca taking victory at a 7-6 and 6-3 against Williams. This young star displayed how far her capabilities have come in the last eight months, and this has led to the competition fearing this formidable woman.
The maturity and athletics displayed by Coca Gauff have been remarkable. It’s the exact opposite of Venus Williams, who comes off aggressive and upset when mistakes are made. The 39-year-old athlete is competing in the Australian Open for the 20th time and cannot strike with the same power that made the Williams famous. The emotional way that Venus was playing allowed for Coca Gauff to implement problem-solving techniques and determining which strategies were required to defeat her opponent. Not many athletes at 15 can achieve this mental warfare which competing.
Previous professional tennis players that were this young are known for being erratic. Improvements in skillsets came after defeats against stronger opponents. It should be noted that figuring out the tactics of an opponent mid-match isn’t easy for any professional, let alone for somebody experiencing the Australian Open for the 1st time. Coco Gauff is currently ranked 67th in the Women’s Tennis Association, with that rank slated to increase with her defeat over Venus.
Venus Williams Failing
Venus Williams has struggled to compete at professional levels in her older age. It’s been two years since she last reached the Australian Open final in Melbourne. Venus is months away from turning forty, with sports analysts determining that age is beginning to factor into her skillsets. Movements have become slow, with her infamous backhand side becoming weak. Williams removed herself from the Brisbane Open after experiencing multiple setbacks. The mental anxiety facing Venus Williams in 2020 in severe, which leads little room for improvement. It’s shocking to see an athlete known for their calm behaviour turn into an aggressive, uncentred athlete.
When it applies to Coca Gauff, she competes next against the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova. Defeating this competitor would move Gauff up into the third round against Naomi Osaka, the defending champion for the WTA. Winning the Australian Open championship would provide this young athlete with respect, which she deserves amongst fellow WTA opponents.
Another massive moment came for Serena Williams on January 12th in Auckland, Australia. She acquired her 73rd World Tennis Association Title, which came after five missed attempts. Four of these five events were Grand Slam Finals, with age beginning to falter her capabilities on the court. Regardless, Serena Williams defeated Jessica Pegula six to four in the vote with the win marking Williams first championship victory since becoming a mother before the 2017 Australian Open. Expressing her emotions, she noted how grateful she is for this win while holding a photograph of her daughter.
The 2020 Auckland Grand Open wasn’t just a substantial event for Serene Williams, but also Jessica Pegula. It marked her 2nd time on the world stage, with the millions of viewers not fazing her out. Before Serena Williams could gain her momentum, this twenty-five years of age star defeated the champion for three consecutive rounds. Unfortunately, in the 4th round, this future tennis star made a critical mistake on the double break. It allowed for Serena to have an opening, allowing for groundstrokes with substantial momentum to breakdown Jessica Pegula over time. Tennis supporters hadn’t seen Serena Williams act in this manner since 2015 when all feared her ferocity on the court.
After acquiring this opening, Serena Williams found her momentum and began to dominate the younger athlete. The capabilities displayed by Williams mimicked her Semi-Final matchup against Amanda Anisimova. Four round was won back to back by Serena, allowing her to acquire the six over three. Before Jessica defeating Serena for three rounds, the Number 1 Champion had won the initial two rounds from pure luck. It should be noted that Pegula displayed her full talents against Williams in those final four rounds. However, it’s nearly impossible to halt Serena once she’s begun finding the court rhythm. Analysts have praised Jessica Pegula for keeping her composure in such a challenging moment.
Donations to Australia
When speaking with reporters from Fox Sports, Serene Williams expressed that she’d notice slight improvements throughout the week. The superstar noted that after multiple tough matches in Auckland, the momentum required to win this championship title was acquired. Shortly after winning her 73rd title, Serena Williams announced that she’d donate all prize money earned from the Auckland Open towards these bushfires. Williams is also auctioning off every dress worn throughout the last week and donating the proceeds to Australian Firefighters.
It’s been an extraordinary year to state the least for 15-year-old American Coco Gauff. Gauff won her first title in Austria during the autumn. She became the youngest WTA champ given that 2004. Much more remarkably, Gauff accomplished every one of this while playing a minimal routine based on the WTA’s age qualification regulation. This regulation aids to assist young individuals in professional tennis, ensuring that they don’t feel to much stress. She’s still a couple of years away from her 18th birthday celebration, which is when athletes are enabled to play an unrestricted quantity on the WTA scenic tour. However, this is leaving the question of just how many games can this young champ play in 2020.
The WTA’s age qualification guideline goes by birth year, and also Gauff has an optimum of 3 occasions left to play as a 15-year-old before transforming 16 on March 13, 2020. Apart from Auckland, the Australian Open, as well as Indian Wells, Gauff can additionally contend in Fed Mug if she’s chosen for the group.
The Age Boundaries
The quantity of events Gauff can play is reset when she transforms 16. As a 16-year-old in between March 13, 2020, as well as March 13, 2021, Gauff will undoubtedly have the ability to play up to 16 events, which includes her merited boosts. She can play the Olympics or the WTA Finals if she certifies, as well as any Fed Mug connections she’s picked for throughout the 12-month duration.
Gauff is concentrating on her 2020 launching in Auckland, where there will undoubtedly be a star-studded area that consists of Bianca Andreescu. This will extend to the United States Open champ, and also Serena Williams, that’s gotten to the last of the last 2 Grand Slams. Gauff has currently dedicated to the Citi Open in Washington for August. This is where she won her first WTA title this previous year together with Caty McNally. Both American young adults that call their group “McCoco” won a 2nd WTA increase title with each other in Luxembourg in the loss.
Even though she only turned 23 recently, it feels like we’ve known about Ashleigh Barty for decades. Her business-like demeanour and dimpled smile while playing in prestigious matches have been familiar sightings for several years now.
Who is Ashleigh Barty?
When Ashleigh was 15 years old she was already a junior Wimbledon champion. When she was 16, she became a Grand Slam doubles finalist. Any athlete who can succeed at such a young age deserves to be at the top when they are only 23 years old. She is one of the most admired and well-liked players when it comes to tennis and continues to improve with each passing year.
Tennis is a sport that sees plenty of young kids enter the sport, hit the wall, and never seem to completely bounce back from it. However, Ashleigh managed to make a return to the sport on her own time where she first made her mark in doubles and then later in singles. She appeared rejuvenated and full of life when she made her return. During her time away she decided to play professional cricket, a sport where she excelled for a short time after she picked it up without any prior experience. She played it due to the team component that came along with it.
When she made her way back to tennis, she was under the impression that doubles would be her ticket to receive a major title. She never expected that singles would be her way to glory. Ashleigh Barty is still incredibly young even though her opponent at the 2019 Roland Garros was only 19 years of age. Their ages combined is the lowest that any major championship has seen since Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic played in the French Open championship of 2008.
Ashleigh Barty’s Victory
Ashleigh Barty was the number 8 seed and she managed to execute a phenomenal range of things in her creative and crisp game. The only thing she was required to do was fire on all cylinders to win a tournament and she did exactly that while was she playing against Vondrousova to claim a win in only 70 minutes. It was very similar to the men’s semi-final victory by Dominic Thiem.
Disbelief and joy crossed Ashleigh’s face when she realised that she won. The managed to become the first player from Australia to lift the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup in 46 years where she fulfilled two prophecies on social media that were made this week by Rod Laver, a legendary countryman.
The only misstep from Ashleigh occurred during the national anthem of the prestigious trophy ceremony where she had to be told where to stand. Once she was alone on the podium, emotions took over and she was unable to hold back her tears. This obviously didn’t matter much as her lyrical style managed to sing for itself on the stage. She is one remarkable player that will surely win more trophies.