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Tsitsipas gets off the mark

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Pique raises Davis Cup doubts, as does the Aussie Open

Gerard Pique is now pessimistic about the Davis Cup Finals which is due to be played out in Madrid next November.

I would say I am a bit pessimistic, because a Davis Cup without fans is difficult Gerard Pique

Speaking on behalf of the investment group Kosmos who signed a 25-year deal worth $3 billion with the ITF to revamp the Davis Cup as of last year, he now fears the possible cancellation of the 2020 event scheduled for the 23-29th November, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is a lot of uncertainty, we try to be aware of what the government says regarding sports and to whether we can put spectators inside the Caja Magica,” Pique told Movistar television.

“I would say I am a bit pessimistic, because a Davis Cup without fans is difficult.

“I think that nobody at the moment has the certainty that we can put fans in or if it will have to be behind closed doors. As the days go by, I suppose we will have a little more clarity.”

Spain has been one of the worst affected countries and while it is currently implementing a four-stage plan to relax the confinement rules the government implemented last March, they are not sufficient enough to provide much hope for the Davis Cup.

Currently the plans will only allow 400 people to congregate for open-air events with just 50 being granted access to one indoors.

Currently all professional tennis events are suspended awaiting a review by the governing bodies on July 13.

The US Open is still being scheduled as planned for September as is the French Open which was postponed from May to late September or possible early October.

Doubts though still remain as to whether the two grand slams can be played, even behind closed doors, and those doubts now even extend to the Australian Open in January.

Despite being eight-months away, Tennis Australia are concerned at what restrictions might still be in place to limit travel, etc.

“We’ve certainly made no secret about the number of scenarios that we’re looking at,” a TA spokeswoman told AFP. “We’re hoping for the best but planning for everything.”

Possibilities range from cancellation to imposing quarantine on overseas players and allowing only Australian fans into the event.

“We have to look at all the angles because a lot of the decisions will be beyond our control and related to government guidelines and restrictions,” she said.

“We do need to have all the protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”






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