Mark Leschly, the chairman and chief executive of Universal Tennis, the tennis rating and organizational platform that is backing the UTR Pro Match Series, says small local events may be the way forward for the coming months prior to the resumption of the global tennis circuit.
Speaking to the New York Times, Leschly says, “We’re trying to bring pro tennis back on linear TV, and we’re doing it in a way that is super safe. The world has changed, and we must adapt and innovate. Local, individual and small group play will be the new normal for the foreseeable future”.
Among the players who are expected to take part in the Florida event are Matteo Berrettini of Italy and Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul and Tennys Sandgren of the United States. Sandgren, who nearly knocked out Roger Federer at the Australian Open, is looking forward to taking part in the series.
"I’d play tennis in a hazmat suit, just to go compete. I’m itching. You can control the settings a lot more. There’s way less players and way less extra stuff going on, so you can take more extensive precautions.
I normally train at Vanderbilt University, but those courts are shut down. I like video games, but I’m starting to get tired of it. When we started quarantine, I could play for 10 hours in a row, but now I hit 15 minutes and I’m like, ‘Nope, no dopamine to be had here anymore.’”