Tennis is all set to return after ATP publishes details about the resumption of the sport.
The tennis authorities of the world, namely ATP, WTA, ITF, USTA, and FFT came together and released a schedule outlining the revised dates of some of the suspended tournaments as well as of future ones. However, only after a few more days, ATP notified that there need to be more changes in the schedule as a lot of issues are still unresolved which can hinder the seamless progression of the events.
For the foreseeable future:
The Western and Southern Open is set to carry on as per the new schedule although not in its traditional venue at Cincinnati.
The immediate next tournament is the US Open, the first Grand Slam post the lengthy COVID suspension period.
The many contenders, however, remain skeptical about the event and the pragmatism of the decision to host the tournament. Novak Djokovic, the reigning champion has made his views clear as he labeled it ‘impossible’ to host this year’s tournament given the fact that physical distancing norms would be impractical for players who have a team of assistants, coaches, and staff traveling and working the athletes themselves.
Where to catch the big guns blazing:
The tournament is currently scheduled from 31st August to 13th September.
Although the top players of the world, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Nick Kyrgios, all made it clear that the maneuver would be risky and following the new guidelines will be nearly impossible for them, the event might still be held. The tournament would still go on and would be telecast widely, owing to it being one of the oldest tennis competitions and due to the immense financial implications at stake. Authorities have assured that they’d be undertaking all possible safety measures to protect everyone involved in the event. Dedicated teams are working tirelessly to make it safe for everyone involved.
Amazon Prime Video:
Amazon Prime Video will be live streaming the competition as OTT platforms are emerging stronger with the passing of time. It’ll be the only platform for UK viewers to catch the tournament.
The matches will also be available on TV as ESPN and Tennis Channel will be broadcasting the tournament in the US. The fans from Australia can tune in to ESPN International to catch their favorite tennis stars in action. The ESPN+ package costs 4.99 USD monthly and brings every sporting action to you in HD quality.
Across fifty-four countries in Europe, the tournament will be available on Eurosport. While Eurosport access can be obtained on your laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices at just 59.99 GBP yearly, the revised rates of 19.99 GBP per year is sure to brighten the faces of sports fans across the continent.
Indian viewers will have the Star India network covering the tournament. It is available with most of the popular pan-Indian DTH and cable-viewing packages. Disney+ Hotstar will be the OTT Platform for India to catch the tournament live.
With a monthly or yearly subscription on any of the popular VPN services like NordVPN or ExpressVPN, you can watch the US Open live stream by logging in with your credentials, selecting the USA as the country and then heading to ESPN.
The proposed calendar by The ATP can change if things proceed undesirably and the authorities are monitoring the situation intently. The fans, however, would be eager to see the first Grand Slam in such a long time and would be hoping for the best case scenario, which would be if the event can be concluded without anyone having to face any health issues.