Seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams has planned to return on the court after a long break. Moreover, 40-year-old Venus has signed up to play World Team Tennis (WTT). The tournament has scheduled to begin on July 12 in West Virginia.
It will be the 15th occasion while this former world number one player will play in this tournament. Venus Williams will represent the Washington Castles. Total of nine teams participating in this tournament. A mixed-gender competition will run for three weeks. The matches of this competition are usually played in different places in the country but in view of the coronavirus epidemic, the organizers have decided to hold it at one venue this time.
In addition to this, Maximum 500 spectators will be allowed in each match played on the outdoor court of World Team Tennis. Only 200 spectators and 50 employees will be allowed to come to the indoor court. All fans will wear face masks and pass a temperature check is mandatory.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens, Bryan Brothers Mike and Bob committed to participate in this tournament. WTT has increased prize money this year. This year’s tournament will have $5 million prize money instead of $1.5 million more than last season.
World Team Tennis Needs To Be More Watchful
Right now, the plenty of controversy over the Adria tour tennis held by Novak Djokovic in recent days. Several players who participated in this tournament affected by the coronavirus.
For the above reason, the World Team Tennis needs to be more watchful in hosting the event. Moreover, WTT did not affiliate with ATP and WTA, with no ranking points awarded for matches. All tennis tours suspended from mid-march due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tennis governing bodies has announced that tennis tours will resume in August. ATP and WTA also published the provisional schedule for the remaining 2020 season.