Former doubles world No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic thinks it will take time for tennis to return. On Wednesday, the ATP and WTA extended the season suspension until at least July 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The biggest and most prestigious tournament in the world Wimbledon got cancelled for the first time since 1945.
It was the worst possible scenario and now many fear we may not see any tennis until 2021. "There's lots of traveling in sports and it remains to be seen what will the restrictions going to be after this regarding the traveling, stadiums and any other activities which include a large number of people.
It looks it will take a lot of time for this starts slowing down," Zimonjic told Sport Klub. "The good thing is that tennis is played across the whole world and maybe somewhere they will come up with a different plan -- to have tournaments staged wherever possible.
Maybe even playing more tournaments per week so players get a (better) chance to play. "Tennis is a specific sport, unlike team sports where they have guaranteed salaries. In tennis, rarely who has a signed sponsorship deals on a yearly basis.
Mostly those payments are earned by playing tournaments and since they can't play -- that's a big problem for all players." Zimonjic, 43, wanted to play until Wimbledon and then decide what to do next. The 43-year-old Serb is one of the most accomplished doubles players ever, having won 54 titles. Zimonjic is a three-time Grand Slam men's doubles champion and a five-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion.