Coronavirus, Bryant's death and Roger Federer's surgery: the worst year for sports

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Coronavirus, Bryant's death and Roger Federer's surgery: the worst year for sports

The 74 days of 2020 have been, until now, a nightmare for a large part of the world population and for sports lovers: the death of Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer's surgery, the spread of the coronavirus and all its consequences, including for sport.

ATP suspended all events for six weeks, and WTA will also stop until 2nd May. Many tournaments, from the Mutua Madrid Open to Wimbledon are at risk. After the Australian Open, Roger Federer underwent surgery on his right knee.

He is expected to return for the grass season, but there are many unknown factors due to the pandemic after the many tournaments already canceled. But it is a question that concerns all sport. European soccer has been completely suspended, after the positivity to the virus of some important players, such as Daniele Rugani of Juventus FC, or Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea FC, but also Arsenal FC manager Mikel Arteta.

Many European soccer teams, such as Juventus, FC Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Valencia, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are in quarantine. Curtains also fell on the NBA and Formula 1, after the coronavirus struck some members of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team.

In less than three months we have seen the lock-down of the sports world. It all started in January, with the terrible news from California: Kobe Bryant died in a plane crash. A drama for all lovers of basketball and sport in general, the death of this universal champion who moved the whole world.

Then came all the news of the past terrible days. First, the Italian first division soccer league Serie A, then French Ligue 1, La Liga, Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, about European soccer. Rugby, Formula 1 and NBA the other sports that stopped.

Conclusion: great risks also for the UEFA European National Team Championships and for Tokyo Olympics 2020. A few days ago a friend of mine told me: "C'mon Lorenzo: it's only on Friday 13th of a leap year spent in quarantine during a global pandemic."