The awaited Ultimate Tennis Showdown, a tennis tournament with a new format at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy, on the French Riviera, will begin on 13 June. We already know the format: all of these 50 matches will be hosted at the Mouratoglou Academy and they will be behind closed doors.
There will be real-time interaction between tennis fans worldwide and their favorite players: fans can listen to every conversation between players and coaches. Stars involved in the matches will be allowed to express their emotions freely on the court.
During an interviw, Patrick Mouratouglu talked about the event. According to Serena Williams' coach, tennis needs a radical change, a revolution, if it wants to attract more young people and survive, regardless of what will happen with the global Covid-19 pandemic: "The idea is not only mine, but also belongs to Alex Popyrin, co-founder of UTS and father of Alexei.
It is an important idea, a change, regardless of the pandemic, necessary for a sport in danger and which it is no longer able to attract new generations," he said. About the format: "The logic of scoring dates back to the Night of Times.
The boys don't understand it. Does such a score make sense in 2020? In these times it is mandatory to renew: ATP, WTA and the Grand Slam boards are too conservative and do not accept the news." About what he hopes will become the UTS, he said: "UTS is a long-term project, with a format similar to that of the ATP Next Gen Finals. Too long matches decrease the attention of the crowd.
The tennis players will have microphones, they can say what they want, expressing their feelings. For example, Fognini is my man! He is a showman: he is not perfect but I like him as he is. We will encourage him to express himself freely, there are no warnings at UTS !" Regarding anti-Covid security measures Mouratoglou said: "We will respect the anti-Covid-19 rules imposed by the French government.
There will be no crowd, no handshakes, and tennis players will change court on opposite sides. Each player will have his own set of balls. The ball-boys and the ball-girls will have gloves, a mask and they will not touch the towels of the tennis players."
Among the others David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire, Alexei Popyrin, Lucas Pouille and Dustin Brown will be at the Tennis Ultimate Showdown.