Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor says that the scoring format should be modified in case a Grand Slam event - the US Open - is the first tournament when the tennis circuit resumes, during an interview with WION.
Daniel Nestor says scoring changes required if the US Open is the first tournament to be held after the break
The 47 year old Nestor, who has won 91 doubles titles in his career, commented, "It's hard to imagine that a grand slam - the US Open - will be the first tournament after the coronavirus break.
If that is the case then the scoring format would have to be modified. It is almost cruel to expect men's players to play the best of a five-set match without some preparation. There is the heat factor as well, temperatures are going to be soaring in New York city and even in Orlando, which is the alternative venue.
Ideally, there should be a couple of tournaments before the US Open, but if it is the first tournament to be held after the break, then scoring changes will have to be made. I think there should an at least a month's notice for the players on the dates of these tournaments.
I feel it is inevitable that there will be a lot of injuries when tennis resumes, but we have to try and limit that as much as possible." Nestor also spoke about the idea about playing events without fans and said that the sport and the players will need to adapt.
"I feel these are compromises that the sport will have to make. Every sport has to adapt. Players have different approaches to the game and this change is probably going to affect some more so than others. I think the top players will make the necessary changes and find a way to maintain their levels, adaptability is the key."
The US Open is scheduled to be held as of now from 24th August to September 13th in New York. Officials have said they would take a final call on the event by mid-June. Currently all tournaments till the end of July on the professional circuit have been suspended.