Although the clay-court season has already begun, we are also beginning to think about tournaments on grass, which were completely skipped in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in March. Although last summer there was a lowering of infections, the Halle tournament has decided not to risk: due to the situation that is being experienced in Germany, the matches that will take place in Saxony will be without an audience.
This was announced by the same organization, which sent a message to all those who had already purchased a ticket for the tournament that will take place from 14 to 20 June: "Since the health of our visitors, players, partners and employees has the highest priority for us and for our tournament partner, Noventi Health SE, unfortunately this year we only have the possibility to organize the tournament without an audience.
It will not be possible to play the Noventi Open in front of an audience until next year“. Doors closed therefore for the historic tournament on the grass, which two months later already gives us an excellent entry list: at this moment to have confirmed the participation are Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Roberto Bautista Agut, Kei Nishikori, David Goffin, Karen Khachanov and Roger Federer, ten-time winner in Germany and also reigning champion, having triumphed in 2019 against David Goffin.
Here comes indirect news, which is a real surprise. According to colleague Nikolaus Fink, the Swiss champion would have confirmed, together with Kei Nishikori, also his participation for 2022. A news that leads us to think that Roger Federer does not yet have in mind to retire after the 2021 season, and that he can push who bought the ticket for this year's edition to keep it tight also for the next year.
Hurkacz talks about the Big 3
Miami Open champion Hubert Hurcacz recently gave his thoughts about Roger Federer and how he has idolized the Swiss maestro ever since his childhood. Speaking with Sport.pl, Hurkacz revealed he first saw Federer at the age of eight or nine, thoroughly enjoying the way he dissected his opponents with his guile.
"I was a huge fan of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when I was younger," Hubert Hurkacz said. "I have followed their performances and now have the opportunity to compete with them on the tour.
I also watch them at tournaments and training and I know that they will not end their careers so soon. But that's good, because I would like to meet each of them again - and it's best to win," he added. "And among the younger tennis players, there are many talented boys and each of them will want to be at the top. It will be a long and good competition."