“We Have To Try To Provide Income Opportunities For Our Athletes”- WTA CEO Steve Simon On Tennis Tour Return


WTA CEO Steve Simon

Tennis matches and tournaments are all set to return after long months of absence amid the Coronavirus pandemic. While some players are excited to come back, some question the timing. However, Romanian Tennis Ace Simona Halep will inaugurate the Women’s tennis tour a fortnight after in Italy.

Additionally, the WTA tour will begin two weeks later from now in Palermo Ladies Open. The wait of the five months will finally come to a halt with the starting of the tour, which will commence from 3rd August.

Moreover, several players have set to play the matches, including world number two Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Petra Martic.

WTA CEO Steve Simon

While various other sports have restarted, tennis still faces the question of the re-opening. As a reason, the game would not take place in a place or a single country. Rather, it also requires players to arrive from different places around the globe.

State Of Unclearness And Doubts In The Return Of The WTA Tennis

Besides, there are also various restrictions on traveling in different countries around the world. Additionally, this will or may stop the players from making their way into different tournaments. Moreover, some players are also afraid of traveling long distances during such unstable times.

However, there still are players who wish to make a return to the game. They want to play matches and make use of every opportunity that comes knocking on their doors. Some don’t wish to remain empty-handed all through the year.

WTA CEO Steve Simon

“And we have to try to provide income opportunities for our athletes, our tournaments, to keep them viable. You don’t want to lose your sponsors, you don’t want to lose your broadcast partners, you have to try to work within this new environment in as safe away as you can.

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“These are not normal times and what you’re trying to do is operate in a world that is imperfect right now and try to find whatever levels of fairness and opportunity you can in a very imperfect situation,” Steve Simon, the CEO of WTA told The National in a video call.


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