(Sports news – Tennis news) After Roland Garros changed the venue for the Covid-19 pandemic raging in Europe, a series of other important clay season tournaments also received a shock that affected Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or many other tennis stars.
Postponed clay season because of Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic is still seriously affecting world sports, including tennis. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory in Indian Wells have just been canceled. This year’s Roland Garros will also move the originally scheduled time from May 18 – June 7 to the new calendar held from September 20 to October 4.
Most recently, the ATP and WTA homepage has confirmed that tournaments in their tour system will be suspended from now until June 8. Lower level leagues, Challenger and ITF levels also suffer from an adversity.
As such, all clay season ATP tournaments in Houston, Charleston, Bogotá, Marrakech, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Budapest, Munich, Istoril, Istanbul, Prague, Lyon, Geneva, Madrid and Rome as well as WTA tournaments on this ground. In Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Rabat were canceled. Tennis world will only return from June 8, when the season starts with a focus on Wimbledon.
Is Nadal or Djokovic race No. 1 more unfavorable?
The entire clay season this year was canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic was a huge shock to the players, including Rafael Nadal – “King” on the reddish-brown surface and Novak Djokovic – great glasses. The enemy that he registered to reclaim the No. 1 position in the world.
The good news for the players, however, is that the ATP and WTA charts will “freeze” the rankings. As such, the scores of current players will remain the same instead of being deducted before this year’s clay season and they will have to protect the scores that were won last year in clay competitions attended as usual years ago.
Rafael Nadal will not lose up to 4,260 points this year, although last year he went to the semi-finals of Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and Madrid Masters, champion Rome Masters and Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic last year attended four tournaments during the clay season when he reached the quarter-finals of Monte Carlo Masters, won the Madrid Masters, runner-up Rome Masters and stopped in the semi-finals of Roland Garros.
The current No. 1 Serbian world player will also escape the 2,500-point protection this year when the clay season is canceled, leaving only Roland Garros – the only Grand Slam tournament on the field that is scheduled to start. from May to September.
Currently, on the ATP rankings, Djokovic is still ranked No. 1 in the world with 10,220 points, while Nadal is second when there are 9,850 points. Dominic Thiem has just won the Roger Federer world No. 3 player when the young Austrian talent has 7,045 points, while the “Express train” (recovering and only returning to play in the grassy season) currently ranked fourth when there are 6,630 points.
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