Exhibition tennis tournament is being held in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, near Koblenz in Germany. (Photo Credit: @exo_tennis)

Dustin Brown’s Masked Males Maintain 1st Tennis Event Since Coronavirus Introduced Sports activities to a Halt

Exhibition tennis tournament is being held in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, near Koblenz in Germany. (Photo Credit: @exo_tennis)

Exhibition tennis match is being held in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, close to Koblenz in Germany. (Photograph Credit score: @exo_tennis)

An 8-man exhibition match, which included Dustin Brown, was held beneath strict guidelines as native tennis helped the game emerge once more.

  • AFP
  • Final Up to date: Might 2, 2020, 9:57 AM IST

Berlin: Dustin Brown, the person who as soon as famously shocked Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, donned a protecting masks and took centre stage once more on Friday, however in an occasion far faraway from the gentrified environment of the All England Membership as tennis quietly emerged from the shadow of the coronavirus.

An eight-man exhibition competitors on the Base Tennis Academy within the tiny city of Hoehr-Grenzhausen, close to Koblenz, was the primary match to be performed since coronavirus introduced tennis to a halt in mid-March.

Nonetheless, it was an occasion like no different.

Strict guidelines over well being and security meant there have been no followers, no ball boys or ladies and no line judges. There was only a chair umpire.

In the meantime, handshakes had been banned, gamers dealt with their very own towels and introduced their very own water and fruit to the clay courts.

“A few weeks in the past there have been no plans to get on the court docket anytime quickly,” 35-year-old Brown informed The Tennis Channel which live-streamed the opening day’s motion.

“It was a tricky time as a result of it is powerful to get motivated when there isn’t any date for returning to play.”

Brown was the best-known title within the area, none of whom are ranked in world’s prime 100, due to his 2015 win over Nadal at Wimbledon.

He was the envy of fellow professionals on Friday.

“Watching the highlights from the exhibition matches and guys like @DreddyTennis in full type, whereas I’m sitting right here questioning if I’d beat my grandmother in 2 tiebreaks or 3,” tweeted American participant Noah Rubin from his dwelling in New York.

Brown’s German compatriot Yannick Hanfmann was the very best ranked participant at 143 in motion.

“It was cool, truly,” Hanfmann informed AFP subsidiary SID after profitable his two opening matches.

“A bit unusual, sure. However good to be again, lastly. It was like a coaching match with a buddy.”

‘DISINFECTANT EVERYWHERE’

After Hanfmann defeated Johannes Harteis, he bowed to his opponent on the internet as an alternative of shaking arms.

“We’re socially distancing and there’s disinfectant in every single place,” added the 28-year-old.

“Within the morning even the police had been right here and checked every thing once more.”

Prize cash for the match, which additionally takes place over the subsequent two weekends, quantities to just some hundred euros.

Hanfmann, who can have free board and lodgings on the academy for the period, says he’s nearly managing to make ends meet throughout tennis’ suspension.

He has earned $543,000 in prize cash in his profession.

“I’ve constructed up a number of financial savings and I’m not one to throw cash away,” he mentioned. “However issues are getting tight now.”

Friday’s occasion is only one of numerous exhibition tournaments to be performed behind closed doorways in coming weeks.

They’ll fill the aggressive void attributable to the suspension of the tennis schedule – the ATP and WTA are usually not resuming till July 13 on the earliest.

Rafael Nadal’s Academy in Mallorca is in talks with the ATP over plans for “elite gamers to reside, prepare and compete between themselves in matches that can be televised in order that followers all over the world can get pleasure from them.”

Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, plans 10 closed-door matches to be broadcast reside at his academy in Good on every of 5 weekends beneath the title “Final Tennis Showdown”.

The competitors is ready to begin on the weekend of Might 16 with a match between world quantity 10 David Goffin of Belgium and 20-year-old Australian Alexei Popyrin.

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