Feliciano Lopez, the Tournament Director of the Mutua Madrid Masters, has said that he is confident that the tournament will have some spectators but will ensure that the safety of fans and players will remain the top priority at the tournament.
Feliciano Lopez on the Mutua Madrid Masters
Speaking at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown league promoted by Patrick Mouratoglou, Lopez spoke about the possibility of the tournament having spectators and said he is discussing the same with the local officials.
According to the Essentially Sports website, Lopez says, “We are very confident that we will be able to have some spectators. Yes, we are working on that with the Government of Madrid. We presented our protocols a few days ago.
The government, they were very happy, actually, they were very surprised of how strict is our protocols in terms of safety for the fans and especially for the players. We are very confident that we will be able to have some spectators.
If we don’t have another wave of COVID 19 during July and August, we are confident that we can have more percentages. Maybe we can have a little bit more if the situation continues to get better." The Spaniard, who still competes on the tennis circuit, says that he thinks tennis needs to resume as long as the right protocols are implemented and followed.
"Every tournament now needs to provide a lot of safety because after everything that happened in Serbia and some other tournaments. I know we are taking risks also when we decided to deliver the event. I think tennis needs to resume.
And if we do things properly if we provide a good protocol for the players and fans then I think we will be able to resume the tour and we as players will have the chance to compete again and I think this is what we need right now."
The tournament is scheduled to be held on from September 13th to September 20th and is being held immediately the week after the US Open. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has already confirmed that he would be playing the tournament in Madrid.
Several of the players based in Europe have said that they may focus on the clay court season in Europe and skip the American hardcourt events in the United States. 38 year old Feliciano Lopez peaked at No. 12 in the singles rankings.
During the 2018 Wimbledon Championships, Lopez made his 66th consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearance, surpassing the previous record of 65 consecutive appearances held by Roger Federer. As of the 2020 Australian Open, his record stands at 72 consecutive appearances.