Since the beginning of March, the tennis season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no tournaments at least until August. The crisis has opened many questions about issues that no one had dealt with before, including the prize money on the lower-ranked events, broadcasting coverage and many other things that prevent tennis from becoming even more accessible and suitable for the younger generations.
The players have been forced to sit at their home for two months now, working on their physical shape and hoping to return to the practice courts as soon as possible and get the rhythm back after not touching the racquet for weeks.
While the lower-ranked competitors are trying to survive the months without tennis, those from the top can't wait to hit the court again and play for the big titles again, with the GOAT race between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic being wide open after Melbourne.
Boris Becker is hoping to see the US Open and Roland Garros in the rest of the year, something that would clear the path for other events by the end of the season and at least some action ahead of 2021. In the worst scenario, we will not see professional tennis again this year and Becker believes it would not affect Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
The German assumes they all know how good they are and will use the break wisely to get back at the top again once the action resumes. Roger Federer and Serena Williams (they both turn 39 in August) will save their bodies for another year and it will also help Andy Murray to get back at his best.
"If the season is lost, I don't think it's bad for Roger Federer or Serena Williams because they haven't abused their bodies for another year, in a way they have gained a year. I think it is suitable for Andy Murray as well, offering him more time to come back and get physically ready for 2021.
I think it benefits more Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer because they know how good they are, they know what to do, and I don't think we are going to see a change of form from them."