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Eugenie Bouchard Gets French Open Wildcard

After an extended hiatus resultant on the pandemic, the tennis world is against surrounded with buzz as the season gets underway. Recent tournaments have included the U.S. Open, one that saw many top players opting out over concerns for their health.

More recently, the French Open got underway yesterday and that saw fans of the sport celebrating after it was announced that Eugenie Bouchard has bee awarded a wildcard for the French Open. The announcement, which follows an earlier announcement last month awarding wild cards to Tsvetana Pironkova and Andy Murray, was made by organizers of the tournament on Tuesday.

Bouchard, who grew up in Canada but resides in Miami, last made it to the finals at the French Open in 2014. The nod in her direction was a reward for her attention spent playing on clay courts in hopes of earning one of the wildcard spots.

The Canadian has been working on returning to her former level of tennis, one that saw her ranked fifth in the world. At last months Istanbul Open, she advanced to the final before losing in third set tie-breaker, yet it was seen as an achievement as it was her first final since 2016

Her last appearance in the French Open finals saw her facing Maria Sharapova, and later in the year, Bouchard went to the Wimbledon finals as well. At 26, her years following the two final appearances saw her struggling to remain consistent.

The good news for Canadian fans and Bouchard, is getting to the finals in Istanbul saw her rank improve from 167, n substantial increase considering prior she was ranked 272nd. Speaking to the media afterwards, Bouchard stated, “I’m honestly shocked,”. Of course, fans of the Canadian are pleased to once again see her in a Grand Slam competition.

Bouchard working on comeback

Bouchards journey in tennis has been anything but sweet. She is one of the players criticized the most in the sport, both with fans of the game and those that troll her social media accounts. The combination saw her struggle to improve and maintain the same level of play.

The criticism and trolling became such an issue that Bouchard stopped posting images of her in a bikini due to the constant harassment. Speaking on the subject, Bouchard said, “I just don’t value the opinions of people who are out there just judging what I put out there.”

Hot off her performance in Istanbul, fans of the Canadian are hoping to see her have a solid performance in the coming days and hopeful advance beyond the group of 16.

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US Open Loses Women’s Doubles Team

Kristina-Mladenovic

The French Government is governing over their international athletes, with a large percentage crossing borders amid a global pandemic. When the French Government has determined a COVID-19 outbreak is any nation where one of their athletes is competing, that individual is informed to return home immediately. This almost happened to Kristina Mladenovic of France, who is competing at the United States Open.

Kristina Mladenovic was given a “Quarantine Notice” by American public health officials, where she’d be informed that several players have been put into specialized quarantine. This follows after Kristina Mladenovic has contact with Benoit Paire, another female competitor that tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All several players placed into quarantine had contact with Benoit Paire.

The official statement of Kristina’s lockdown came from the United States Tennis Association on September 5th. It was revealed that Kristina Mladenovic and her teammate (Timea Babos of Hungary) were placed into isolation. USTA clarified these women are obligated to abide by these guidance measures or face notable fines. It should be mentioned that before these women have completed their 14-Day quarantine, the United States Open will have ended. Serena Williams will likely stand victorious.

Lost Matches

Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada & Alison Riske of America was expected to compete against Mladenovic/Babos. Details on who these women will compete against next weren’t issues, with USTA Organizers figuring out what the next step is worth the dozen staff members that have contact with Benoit Paire. It doesn’t include all the additional individuals that engaged with Kristina & Timea. Then when you factor how quickly the virus spreads in a working environment, it’s likely that the United States Open is facing an outbreak of COVID-19. In recent days there have been multiple cancellations with pre-scheduled matches for the US Open.

Details regarding the condition of Benoit Paire hasn’t been revealed by her PR Team, with the US Department of Health refusing to provide any information over privacy laws amongst doctors & patients. All that’s known is Benoit Paire is committing to the 14-Day quarantine in an undesignated hospital in New York state.

Djokovic Angered by Rafael Nadal’s Accusations

Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic are continuing their fueling hatred towards one another. The growing animosity between these two men started after the Adria Tour earlier this year, where Novak Djokovic’s decisions resulted in numerous people contracting COVID-19. The lack of empathy shown by Djokovic over the Adria Tour backlash & confirmed infections was disturbing, prompting Rafael Nadal to criticize his fellow ATP competitor. Since then the two have been publicly attacking each other through the media, with the most recent verbal attack launched by Novak Djokovic.

Novak has denied Rafael’s accusations that his entrance into the US Open is exclusive because stronger competitors have left the tournament, giving Djokovic ample opportunity to record of Grand Slam victories. It should be clarified that Rafael Nadal is the standing US Open Champion but withdrew from the tournament after citing concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple ATP & WTA competitors followed Rafael’s lead, including Roger Federer. For Novak Djokovic, these absences are suitable for re-contention into the US Open.

Denying accusations made by Rafael Nadal isn’t benefiting Novak Djokovic. This Serbian tennis professional has actively avoided competing against the US Open Champion, with their last contention on the court being in 2013. This battle would see Rafael Nadal become victorious over tennis’s former greatest champion. When asked by reporters how he felt regarding Rafael Nadal’s statements, Novak Djokovic became notable defence & argued that his decision to compete was made months before his official announcement. Novak struggled to clarify why it took so long to confirm his contention in the US Open then, giving weight behind Rafael’s statements.

EU Serbian Government Approval

It’s believed that Novak Djokovic couldn’t make his official announcement until receiving approval from the Serbian government & European Union for exemptions in international travel. Once that approval was granted several days ago, Novak would’ve delegated with his PR Team & released a formal statement. It should be clarified that Djokovic emphasized that entering the US Open wasn’t guaranteed for 2020, that unpredictable travel conditions left him concerned that another Grand Slam victory wouldn’t be possible.

Bianca Andreescu Withdraws from US Open

The United States Open continues to lose an onslaught of competitors, which follows after organizers have refused to implement severe COVID-19 Protocols. This places athletes at substantial jeopardy for their health, with the United States of America having the worst infection standards of COVID-19. It’s been announced that another athlete is leaving the competition, with this being Bianca Andreescu from Canada. She is following the lead of Rafael Nadal & multiple others, who have withdrawn from competing against concerns for the coronavirus.

An official statement was released by the Canadian Tennis Professional, who has become one of the Woman’s Tennis Association’s most popular contenders. Standing at twenty years of age, Bianca Andreescu remarked that after discussions with her family members & training staff, it’d been determined that attending New York City for the United States Open isn’t possible in 2020. She emphasized that this decision was challenging & that going forward, her efforts will be put towards match fitness. Bianca hopes that this will enable her to return under the Woman’s Tennis Association as a stronger & fiercer contender.

Bianca Andreescu evoked that the 2019 US Open marked her career-high, becoming the victory over the WTA Division. She noted that not attending this year is heartbroken but that nobody could’ve anticipated these unforeseen circumstances. Bianca guaranteed her supported that the pandemic hasn’t compromised her capabilities to compete & prepare for difficult challenges, that this decision will also assist with fully healing her recent knee injuries.

The Notability of Bianca’s Decision

Selecting not to attend the United States Open in 2020 shows that Bianca Andreescu is taking a stand against organizing. These individuals aren’t employing strong measures to ensure the curving of infection with COVID-19. Bianca is located in Ontario, which is hours away from New York City & wouldn’t have been hard to attend with government permission. It’s now unknown when Bianca Andreescu will compete against in the Woman’s Tennis Association, with most events postponed or cancelled for 2020. It should be mentioned that Bianca also removed herself from contention in the Credit One Bank Invitational, which would’ve occurred in the hot zone of Charleston, South Carolina.

Nick Krygios Won’t Attend 2020 US Open.

The United States Open has officially lost two of their most notable competitors following the COVID-19 Pandemic. This includes Ashleigh Barty & Nick Krygios, with Barty being the 1st to announce her removal from the tournament formally. Both competitors feel that their health & safety are at jeopardy by attending the competition, which is a genuine reality for all athletic personnel worldwide, proven through Major League Baseball & Major League Soccer.

Nick Krygios was the 2nd to announce his formal removal from the 2020 US Open, making the confirmation through Instagram. He’d express that his attendance at Arthur Ashe Stadium wouldn’t be possible, remarking that this decision hurts him at his core & wishes he could compete in one of Tennis’s most famous arenas. He’d then incentivize that his decision comes to stand alongside the thousands of Americans & Australians that’ve been subjugated to remain indoors. Krygios believes athletic personnel shouldn’t be any different and shouldn’t be forced to risk their lives.

The ATP Top Contender would clarify that he doesn’t take any issue with the “United States Tennis Association” from moving forward, with Nick Krygios understanding the need for ATP Competitors to work during the Pandemic. He’d note that the desire to keep jobs for global populations is severely wanted by himself, but that billions worldwide are losing their careers, that it’s only fair for athletic personnel to wait-out this Pandemic as well. It’s a 50/50 situation for Nick Krygios.

Outspoken Krygios

The Australian Tennis Player has been one of few in the “Association of Tennis Professionals” to make outspoken statements towards fellow peers that disobeyed COVID-19 protocols. Nick Krygios verbally assaulted the likes of Novak Djokovic, Borna Coric, and Grigor Dimitrov for attending the Adria Tour. This tournament would result in numerous contracting of the coronavirus, forcing Nick Krygios to remark that these men made a boneheaded decision.

International tennis communities haven’t seen Nick Krygios since Acapulco 2020 in February, which saw an unexpected retirement after a prior left wrist injury became inflamed. It’s not known why Krygios will compete next in the “Association of Tennis Professionals”, risking his placement in the league standings.

2021 Australian Open Being Strategized

Biosecurity is the keyword associated with Australia’s 2021 Open, a tennis tournament that was almost forced into cancellation earlier this year amid the bushfires. Information regarding the safety measures for 2021 was released by Craig Tilley, the Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Australia. He emphasized that organizers & health experts have determined how the venue will unfold in January, noting that reduced seating is being maintained to enforce social distancing.

Players in the Association of Tennis Professionals & Women’s Tennis Association will be forced into a “Biosecurity Bubble”, which means that a small number of personnel can surround that athlete. Craig Tilley clarified that international attendees wouldn’t be permitted in 2021, marking the 1st time in decades that Australia won’t allow worldwide visitors.
March 12th marked the date when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 an international pandemic, more than a month after Sofia Kenin & Novak Djokovic had acquired victory at the 2020 Australia Open. This venue saw crowds of 800+ thousand, with Novak raising the “Men’s Singles Trophy”, and Sofia lifting the “Women’s Singles Trophy”. Fans roared for their victory.

Craig Tilley spoke with the Australian Associated Press, indicating that their decision was made earlier into the week. He clarified that multiple options are being considered but that their primary strategy is near complete. Sentiments from Tilley mentioned that attendance numbers would drop tenfold, noting that 821 Thousand global citizens attended the 2020 Australian Open. Tilley anticipates that 15% of that record-number will be seen for the 2021 tournament, with all in attendance receiving special permission & residing in the borders of Australia.

Is there enough time?

The Australian Open refused the concept of postponing their tournament, being given ample time to determine proper strategies & rulesets that govern over those competing or attending. Craig Tilley suggested similar protocols to the United States Open, which arrives on August 31st and ends on September 13th. It’s known that the US Open will maintain mandatory testing, substantial levels of quarantine, and reduced entourages of five.

Craig Tilley believes that Melbourne will have curbed their spread of COVID-19 by January 2021. Pandemic levels in this region are growing daily throughout July, with the Melbourne region experiencing twenty-one consecutive days of confirmed infections in the triple-digitals.

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Djokovic Refuses to Retire

After becoming an enemy within his respective sport, Novak Djokovic is refusing to retire from professional tennis. Confirmation on the continuation of ATPs #1 Player came from his head coach, Severin Luthi. Details on Novak’s position towards retirement wasn’t clarified by Severin & left to speculation, with most believing Djokovic will retire after another stint at the Olympics. That’d mean a departure after Summer 2021.

Novak Djokovic has lost the respect of an international community, which follows after hosting the Adria Tennis Tour Expo. Multiple civilians in Belgrade & Serbia were infected with the novel coronavirus following this exposition. It’s because Novak Djokovic chose nations that weren’t maintaining social distancing requirements. The tennis professional allowed guests, players, and on-site personnel not to wear face masks.

This would prove detrimental for Novak Djokovic & the ATP #1 would contract the coronavirus himself. No lessons were learned after contracting the deadliest virus seen in 75+ years, with Djokovic clarifying he’d never get the Vaccine & still stands with the Anti-Vaxxers worldwide. He’d never apologize for infecting others with the virus or putting their lives in jeopardy, which has turned the public mindset against Djokovic.

When the world community requested that the Adria Tennis Tour Expo be terminated after confirmed infections, Novak Djokovic responded by establishing the tournament would return by Mid-August. This has become the normal behaviour of ATPs #1, who grows angry whenever requested to abide by any societal standard. The ignorance level associated with this Serbian will inevitably destroy his career, which can be changed with minor readjustments.

Retire Novak

Multiple athletes in the Association of Tennis Professionals have demanded that Novak Djokovic retire immediately. Severin Luthi responded to those sentiments for Djokovic, remarking that Novak has ambitions to win another Grand Slam & Gold Medal. Severin noted that Djokovic wouldn’t stop competing until those goals are obtained. Novak should prepare himself for the next return, though, with sentiments & compassionate responses towards the ATP #1 expected to be minimal. It’s hard to accept someone when their foolishness directly resulted in someone losing their life, something that Novak hasn’t even acknowledged or apologized for publicly. It’s disconcerting behaviour that must be addressed by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Edwin Weindorfer Takes Aim at Novak Djokovic

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.

Community Backlash

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.

US Open Unveils Strategy for COVID-19

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.”

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Tennis Postponement Extended Past July 2020

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.

Previous Postponement

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.