Tiley: "We’ve got to plan for the worst and hope for the best"

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Tiley: "We’ve got to plan for the worst and hope for the best"

Due to the Coronavirus emergency, the Wimbledon Championships is destined to be canceled. In recent days from London they had made it clear that the possibility of playing behind closed doors, if there was the possibility, would not have been taken into consideration, and now it seems that it is going towards the cancellation of the event.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley believes it “is going to be tough” for tennis to “come back this year” due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “My personal view is I think for tennis to come back this year is going to be tough,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

“It relies on global travel, and I think that’s probably the last thing that’s going to come back. I think sports that have a domestic focus are in a strong position and sports that have a global focus are more challenged”.

“We’re looking at that right now,” he said. “But we’re planning running the AO 2021 and planning on having a great season. We’ve got to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Tomorrow morning we [could] wake up and there is some miracle cure or some concoction of drugs that really helps, or they’re on a path to a vaccine.

[But] from all the literature you read, it doesn’t seem likely in the immediate future. What I want to do as an organisation [is] I want to plan for it being really difficult for people to be travelling this year from country to country.

I think within the country will be fine. [When] you can travel globally is when tennis can come back, from a pro level. From a local level, we can start right away and that’s what we would be focused on at the beginning”.