Multiple exhibition tennis tournaments will be played in the months of June and July as tennis attempts a way forward amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the top tennis players across the men’s and women’s tour will be in action at various such experimental formats of tennis competitions over these two months as the ATP and WTA tour remains suspended because of the virus.
Most of these tournaments will be played in Europe but there would be one to be played in USA as well. Below is the list of a few of these tennis exhibition competitions worth following if you are struggling with withdrawal symptoms.
The Generali Pro Series competition began on May 25 and is ongoing competition which has seen Dominic Thiem in action in Austria. Later in the month of July, Thiem will also help organise the Thiem’s 7 Invitational tournament in Kitzbuhel. He will be one of the eight players in action in that tournament.
What’s interesting to note is Thiem will be in action with Novak Djokovic in the much-awaited Adria Tour Tennis to be held in four different cities in the Balkan. Alexander Zverev will also make an appearance in this one and for now, this seems to be the only tournament which will allow a few people inside the stadium.
One of the most-awaited tournaments is the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, a brainchild of Patrick Mouratoglou and Alex Popyrin. The biggest difference here would be the rules allowing players to express themselves freely on court without the fear of a sanction. Wonder if they would send an invite over to Nick Kyrgios to participate in this one!
Speaking of Kyrgios, he will participate at the Berlin Tennis Exhibition competition to be played in July and again, Thiem will be in action in it. On the other hand, Great Britain could see a couple of its own tennis competitions including the Battle of the Brits from June 23 where Andy Murray will be in action while the Equilite Tennis Exhibition will be played in Spain in July.
Meanwhile, the women’s exhibition tournaments will include the Czech Tipsport Chairty Cup, a team event consisting of players majorly from Czech Republic. The tournament begins from June 13 and Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova are expected to take part in this, going up against each other.
Earlier, Kvitova had won a singles charity event tennis tournament in Czech Republic in May.
There will be another women’s tennis competition in Charleston, in USA. The Credit One Bank Invitational in Charleston will have Grand Slam winners like Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin and Victoria Azarenka leading the draw with the tournament starting on June 23.
This will be another team event.