Mats Wilander supports Roger Federer. The Swede said on Friday he approved the Swiss proposal to unite men’s and women’s tennis and merge the ATP and the WTA. “It’s a good time for the circuit to reinvent itself in order to win over a younger audience. Maybe there should be more mixed tournaments. It would be a good way to sell all these new players, “said the former world number 1 to Reuters. Especially since for Wilander, tennis is likely to suffer from future retirements from several stars of the circuit, starting with Roger Federer, and must unite to face it. “In men or in women, there are many (young players) who are very exciting. “They are real athletes, they have a good attitude, but they don’t attract as much light as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic when they are on a court.”
Roland-Garros from September 20 to October 4? That’s the idea, when the internationals from France were supposed to take place in the spring (May 18-June 7), as usual. The organizers however took the lead and postponed the event in September, coronavirus pandemic obliges. A unilateral decision which had moreover only been moderately appreciated by the international authorities and the other Grand Slam tournaments … It is precisely after consultation with the ATP and the WTA that the FFT would have reviewed its copy and accepted to program Roland-Garros from September 27 to October 11, 2020. This is information from our colleagues from Parisian. It has not yet been confirmed. Note that the qualifications will start on September 21. A new postponement that will offer more recovery time to players after the US Open (August 31-September 13). It’s also appreciable on the diffuser side, France Televisions : this avoids a telescoping between RG and the start of the Tour de France, September 20, but also the 24 hours of Le Mans, September 19 and 20.
In a series of tweets, Roger Federer positioned himself this Wednesday in favor of a union between men’s and women’s tennis and a merger between ATP and WTA. An announcement that caused a wave of reactions on social networks, including that of Rafael Nadal. And the least we can say is that the Spaniard shares Federer’s opinion. “Hey Roger Federer, as you know through our discussions, I totally agree that it would be great to get out of this crisis with a union of male and female tennis around a single organization” wrote Nadal , thus giving even more weight to the Swiss proposal.
Hey @Roger Federer as you know per our discussions I completely agree that it would be great to get out of this world crisis with the union of men’s and women’s tennis in one only organization https://t.co/fTCfvMiU4G
The Spanish champion believes that his discipline is compatible with the required safety distances but accepts the rules of containment.
World tennis number two Rafael Nadal wondered on Monday Instagram why tennis players could not practice their sport while other trades continue to work despite the confinement imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is true that I do not understand very well why we cannot play tennis when a lot of people go to work,” said the Spaniard in a live video, asked about his way of training in confinement.
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“Especially in our sport, where we keep great safety distances,” added “Rafa”, 19 Grand Slam titles. “I understand the situation, however, there are a lot of things that are not logical, but you have to accept the rules and live with them,” he said during this live show, in which Andy Murray and Roger also participated. Federer.
“I understand that who can train or not is the last thing they think about”
Spain is placed on alert until May 9, with the population confined to its home and the economy almost completely stopped, with the exception of a few sectors. “I understand that we are in a very complicated situation, that the government is overwhelmed by an unprecedented situation and I also understand that who can train or not is the last thing they think about,” Nadal acknowledged.
“It will be difficult to play official tournaments in the short term,” added the Spaniard, who only does physical exercises to keep in shape but does not handle the racket. His return to the Grand Slam should be in his favorite tournament, Roland-Garros, moved to the end of September due to the pandemic … if the coronavirus does not upset the calendar even more.
Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini would like to see his wife Flavia Pennetta, retired from the courts since 2015, follow the path of Kim Clijsters by making a comeback on the circuit after having a child. Pennetta, 38, ended her career soon after winning the US Open in 2015. The couple then had two children, Federico, 3, and Farah, born last December. “I’m trying to make Flavia come back in 2021, like Kim Clijsters,” said the Italian, number 11 in the world, to the daily Corriere della Sera. I spoke to (Francesca) Schiavone and (Corrado) Barazzutti: they train him and I manage everything, I have already planned the tournament program, ”added the last winner of the Monte-Carlo Tournament. The Belgian Kim Clijsters, former world n ° 1, first moved away from the courts in late 2007 to marry and give birth to her first child (she has three today). She had made a resounding comeback in 2009 in which she had won three of her four Grand Slam titles (United States Open 2009 and 2010 and Australian Open 2011) before retiring a second time in 2012 and returning on the circuit at the start of the year, aged 36.
Rafael Nadal, the world number two, wondered on Monday Instagram why tennis players could not practice their sport while other trades continue to work despite the confinement imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is true that I do not understand very well why we cannot play tennis when a lot of people go to work,” said the Spaniard in a live video, asked about his way of training in confinement. “Especially in our sport, where we keep great safety distances,” added Rafa, 19 Grand Slam titles. “I understand the situation, however, there are a lot of things that are not logical, but you have to accept the rules and live with them,” he said during this live show, in which Andy Murray and Roger also participated. Federer. “I understand that we are in a very complicated situation, that the government is overwhelmed by an unprecedented situation and I also understand that who can train or not is the last thing they think about … going to be difficult to play official tournaments in the short term, “added the Spaniard.
Known for his jokes on the field during his playing career, Marat Safin often continues to amaze despite the end of his playing career in 2008. During an interview with Sports.ru, the Russian went there with his theory on the coronavirus epidemic. And the least we can say is that it stands out. “In 2015, Bill Gates announced that what we needed to fear was a pandemic, not a nuclear war. They even made a simulation at the Davos economic forum. Bill Gates did not predict the future, he knew it, that was it. I don’t think we are told everything about this pandemic, but people believe everything they are told on TV, “said the former world number, before referring to a” shadow government. Who would be “the true masters of the world”.
With tennis at a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizers of the Madrid tournament have planned to organize (from April 27 to 30) a virtual tournament which will see sixteen ATP stars and sixteen players from the WTA do battle in the Tennis World Tour video game. Asked by DH, David Goffin summed up: “I am very excited to play this tournament online. It’s the first time for me and I will do my best to win as many games as possible! Although I am not very used to these games! I hope you will support me and I look forward to meeting you all online! ”
It seemed inevitable. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Rogers Cup, scheduled for August 6 to 15, has been officially postponed to 2021, as explained by tournament director Eugène Lapierre. “If at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis we hoped that the situation could be resolved in time to allow the presentation of our tournament as initially planned on the calendar, we knew that the chances were more and more slim during the last weeks. ” The next edition of the women’s tournament will therefore take place in Montreal from August 6 to 15, 2021. No decision has yet been made, however, regarding the men’s Rogers Cup tournament, which is supposed to take place in Toronto.
Following the measures imposed by the Quebec government authorities, Tennis Canada announces the postponement of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The tournament will be postponed from August 6 to 15, 2021 while Montreal will host the women’s tournament.
The French tennis player said during an interview with the FFT on social networks that she took advantage of the time of confinement to write, “a great passion since always”. La Niçoise revealed that her first book was going to be published in September, before Roland-Garros normally. It will be “a mixture of autobiography and diary written last year,” said the player who is working on another book that has nothing to do. “I write novels, I create an imaginary world, it’s just for fun,” she concluded on the subject.