What if...? Players' worry as the tour resumes



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What if...? Players' worry as the tour resumes

"I'm sorry, we have no guarantees from governments and it all depends on the COVID-19 situation," ATP Chairman, Andrea Gaudenzi had said concerning a solution for players' on their health during tournaments.

As time moves closer to more events happening, all players have been asking 'What if...?' As the coronavirus outbreak started everyone's main focus was staying healthy and keeping in shape when the tour resumed.

The players thought about their stamina and mental strength on winning over their opponents. But now issues are clearer and worries are becoming outstanding. Playing without fans or spectators used to be the talk, now it's getting real and 'in your face' issues brought onto the table.

"If a player needs to quarantine when coming back from the United States to Europe, it means they would not be able to play any of the clay court events (before the French Open)" Doubles specialist Jamie Murray commented on the result of playing American events then coming home.

Players have been upfront ab out their concerns of possibly getting infected and saying 'what if' they or anyone proves positive in the middle of a tournament? Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP chairman has emphasized that anyone testing positive after the tournament begins, will be isolated but the event will go on.

Players might have thought that everything would end after a positive result as in the Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour when the Final was cancelled. This wouldn't happen at a slam because there is too much at stake.

"From my point of view as a player, you just want stability.

Right now we don't have that..." Jamie Murray has expressed.

The US Open is discussed but a week before there will be the Western and Southern event usually held in Ohio. This year it will be on the grounds at Flushing Meadow where the Open is held.

The doubts and thoughts on many players' minds is not playing the US Open and assuming that may mean the Western and Southern event, too. Sports all over are starting to get their resuming dates, but Gaudenzi explained that "..tennis has the problem of internationality, with restrictions and quarantines that complicate everything..."

There may be a clear cut solution that especially organizers wouldn't want to hear and that's to cancel both New York tournaments. It's assured that players won't be able to play all events happening within a months time.

Many are looking forward to the clay court season and some, as Coco Vandeweghe has said in coming back from injury, "I need to financially make some money and go play. I don't think I have quite the say-so of being able to say 'nope'

Players all over are saying 'what if?' knowing that having many events to choose from is looking and feeling really nice again. But the result and consequence are still embedded on their minds and that's what keeps players apprehensive as to what step they should take and when.