Yes. For two months now, tennis has been on hold – while the world as we know is at a standstill. COVID-19 has just disrupted lives and took away a lot of them. A. Lot. Of. Them.
Could the virus have also quashed the sport for good?
At least, that’s how it felt when men’s world number three Dominic Thiem disagreed with the idea of helping out lower-ranked players; stating that ‘none of them are going to starve’.
See. No matter how unprofessional a player may be, he or she is still part of the tour. And it’s a global health crisis we are experiencing that earning capacity has been reduced to dust. If you do not want to help certain players, then you should not worry because your said $30,000 is not going to be divided just among those ‘unprofessional’ players you are talking about. Donations are pooled and beneficiaries are much more than a handful.
In line with this, the international governing bodies of tennis has raised more than US$6 million to assist players struggling due to the coronavirus. This fund particularly targets those outside the top 200 as eligibility for cash aid will be determined by ranking and previous prize money earnings.
This initiative somehow gave hope to tennis.
No. Tennis is not dead. What with players even coming together online for a weekly show called, ‘Tennis United’.
Tennis is alive and kicking. Still.
The only question is, when would it actually resume? July 13? August 3? January 2021? Or when there’s already a vaccine?? For how would the players’ traveling be like? And so, how would it be like under a ‘new normal’?
While uncertainty fills the air, with the unity shown in the tennis world, there is really nothing to worry about. Players. Fans. Organizers. Tough as it may seem, tennis would conquer this pandemic…
And play would be back before you even know it.