Tennis at the time of the Coronavirus: without tournaments, without Roger Federer, with many uncertainties, and some fear. But there is also a desire to reborn, to return to normality. coronavirus has appeared since January, first in Wuhan, then in the rest of China, then spreading all over the world.
Today in Europe the situation is serious, especially in Italy, France, Germany and the UK. Even in the USA, there have been many effects, and it seems that the peak has yet to come. However, this is a problem that is affecting non only tennis, but the entire sports world: European soccer, Formula 1, NBA, with cases of first positive athletes at Covid-19, such as Juventus Footbal Club defender Daniele Ruguni, or the Arsenal Football club manager Mikel Arteta.
The most immediate effect in tennis was first the cancellation of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of the most important and followed tennis events of the year, then the Miami Open and all the tournaments for the next six weeks.
The feelings for the Madrid Open onward are not very positive, considering also the restrictions for tennis players, fans and media that come from Europe, especially from Italy that has been put in lockdown to control the spread of the virus.
The clay swing is now hanging on the balance. The first tournament, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, which is played at the Monte Carlo Country Club is gone, like the Barcelona Open. Italy being in lockdown as mentioned above, even while France and Spain is having many problems with Covid-19.
Problems that Spain also has, especially in Madrid, where the Mutua Madrid Open should be played. But in general, all the clay-swing tournaments, such as the Italian Open in Rome and Roland Garros itself are now in doubt. The Wimbledon organizers also made a statement in which they said that, in case of cancellation of the historical London tournament, they should refund all ticket holders.
Maybe the situation could improve with the beginning of the season on grass-courts, anyway, coincidentally with the return of Roger Federer, but for now certainly, nothing is known, except that our way of living sport and life, in general, it's changing in these weeks.