(Reuters) – International TeamTennis, an leading edge mixed-gender skilled tennis league, will get started from July five on the Greenbrier, West Virginia, and as much as 500 lovers might be allowed to wait fits all through its three-week season, event organisers mentioned on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – First Spherical – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2020. Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in motion all through the tournament towards China’s Zhang Shuai. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
WTT mentioned it could adhere to all well being and protection protocols required by means of government to verify the well-being of its avid gamers, coaches and crucial workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens are set to participate within the tournament, which is able to include a 63-match common season adopted by means of the playoffs.
WTT plans to degree no less than 3 fits consistent with day on the Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat outside stadium, whilst an indoor court docket might be put in for back-up.
“The overpowering comments from our avid gamers is they need to play WTT and are comfy in doing so in a secure atmosphere, which is our primary precedence,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva mentioned.
The WTT additionally mentioned it’s expanding prize cash to a report $five million, with an added $1 million awarded in WTT Playoffs reimbursement.
All fits might be televised or streamed survive CBS, CBS Sports activities Community, Tennis Channel and ESPN+, event organisers mentioned.
Tennis’s best skilled excursions, the lads’s ATP and ladies’s WTA, were close down since March eight because of the radical coronavirus outbreak.
Tournaments in the USA and Germany have since taken position with strict social distancing measures and no lovers in attendance.
New Zealand will degree a team-based tennis event for local-based males’s avid gamers from June three whilst global primary Novak Djokovic has organised a event around the Balkans from June 13-July five.
Reporting by means of Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Enhancing by means of Ken Ferris