Franulovic: "ATP not considering tournaments to be played behind closed doors"


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Franulovic: "ATP not considering tournaments to be played behind closed doors"

The Coronavirus emergency has affected the world of sport and tennis is also part of the most affected activities. In America the National Basketball Association (NBA) has been suspended for 30 days and the cancellation of the season is not excluded in the nation.

The ATP, for its part, has made the tournament stop for 6 weeks with several important tournaments postponed or canceled. This is the case of the Montecarlo Masters, which will not be postponed, but rather will not be played in 2020.

Last year, Fabio Fognini won the tournament beating the Serbian Lajovic in the final. “The ATP made the decision to cancel the tournaments over six weeks, no other option was possible,” tournament director Zeljko Franulovic told L’Equipe.

“And it is a good decision, because it is once again a question of the health of the players and the spectators. The situation is getting worse everywhere, you have to be lucid. As you can imagine, it was a big blow when we took note of this decision.

It’s sad, not only for me but for all my team who worked so hard for this 2020 edition. It is also sad for the players, who love the tournament, but also for our partners, the public and the viewers of the whole world.

But it is health that prevails, we did not want to take any risks. Reimbursements will be made automatically by a transfer to the accounts of ticket holders. All this as soon as possible, that is to say within two to three weeks.

There will be a shortfall, it is no secret. But it is very difficult to estimate because we are talking here about ticketing recipes, agreements with partners … It is unbelievable at the moment. But that does not question the financial future of the tournament, which is not in danger”.