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Tennis veteran Feliciano Lopez says he is “not very positive” about the chances of the ATP and WTA Tours returning to normal within three months. He believes it would be unfair to resume if some parts of the world remained in isolation.
Professional tennis was suspended in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will not return until at least mid-July.
“Right now it’s more about U.S. Open — when they are going to announce if eventually, we can play there, maybe the Tour will be able to resume,” Lopez told Eurosport’s Tennis Legends podcast which will be released on Thursday.
“But, I’m not very positive to be honest. I think tennis is a very global sport where players come from all over the world. There are tournaments everywhere in the world as well and I think the fact that some countries have different restrictions than others is going to make things very, very difficult.”
Lopez fears a situation where certain players would not be able to compete, depending on the situation in their country.
“In order to resume, I think the Tour is going to be open when the world is completely open, and everybody can travel freely,” said the 38-year-old, tournament director of the Madrid Open which is this week holding an Esports version. “If, for example, in September, me being Spanish I am not able to go to America or let’s say I have to be in quarantine as soon as I get there. It’s not fair that some players would have the chance to compete, some other players wouldn’t. I don’t see the Tour resuming if this doesn’t happen in two or three months time.”