The pandemic has been incurring for over a year now and the world of sport has been conditioned by this damn virus which has stopped for various sports and which has made it return in a rather anomalous way. The ATP and WTA circuits have now been at full capacity for three months and as regards the formula regarding the presence of the public in the stands, each tournament is making different decisions.
At the beginning of the year we witnessed an anomalous situation at the Australian Open as in Melbourne, due to government restrictions, a week was played with the public and another week without an audience, an anomalous and paradoxical situation that intrigued the staff.
to work. Most of the tournaments listen to the rules of the local government, there are those who do not open even to a minimum presence of the public and there are those who have a different situation. We have seen how both in Marbella and Barcelona the presence of the public has cheered the atmosphere of the tournament and now the official announcement has arrived: the Masters 1000 in Madrid will be played with the public, the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 will allow up to 40% of maximum capacity in each session.
This was confirmed to the ABC newspaper by the CEO of the tournament Gerard Tsobanian; the CEO of Madrid first announced that the virus situation will reduce the commercial stands but will not eliminate it completely and those who go to the Caja Magica will see the usual food stalls, restaurant areas and music.
Simon Chambers, a panelist on Tennis Majors’ videocast “Match Points”, recently opined that although Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be dearly missed when they retire, the tennis community should stop expecting the younger players to take their place.
Cambers on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“It’s not going to be possible to replace Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and I don’t think that the tour should try to market those guys in the same breath, or say that’s what they’re doing,” Simon Cambers said.
Cambers’ comment came in response to Marion Bartoli, who had earlier opined that tennis would be hit hard when ‘Big 3’ finally call it a day. “Not yet at all, and the numbers are showing it,” Bartoli replied when asked whether men’s tennis was ready for life after the Big 3.
“The final of the Miami Open this year between Sinner and Hurkacz lost 72% of the viewers on the ratings on the TV compared to the 2019 final between Roger Federer and John Isner. So that’s just showing in itself that (the sport is not ready for life post Big 3).”