Djokovic attacked the outline of the US Championship ("impossible conditions") Waiting • Are we ahead of a new world order in the industry?
Jokovic is nervous. "Want us to stay in the hotel, get to the games and go right after them"
While the world’s leading sports industries are coming to terms on a backward outline, the world of international tennis as a pharmacy. Reasons: financial difficulties, stars not ready to play and uncertainty about upcoming tournament dates.
Novak Djokovic, ranked number one in the world, this weekend launched an offensive against US Open organizers scheduled to be held in late August in New York, as well as raised doubts about the next Grand Slam, Roland Golos, who was postponed this summer to the end of September. The world is about to meet with the heads of the World Round to discuss the issue jointly, things seem to be more complicated than ever.
"They want us to stay in a hotel in the airport area, an hour from Manhattan, get to the games and go right after them," Jokovic said, revealing the initial program of the US Championship organizers, "We are only allowed to have one person in the tournament - coach, coach Fitness or Physical Therapist. And as if that's not enough, they want us to test against Corona three times before and during the tournament. For me, these conditions are impossible. "
Fans at Roland Garros. What will be the fate of the tournament in France? // Photo: Reuters
261 million euros in revenue
Why the big urge to edit the games? Money, of course. American and French tennis are first and foremost based on the proceeds from both Grand Slam tournaments and fund the entire food chain of local tennis, from kids to alumni, who receive professional help in the round. "It's very simple - if Roland Garros doesn't take place, French tennis will die," explained Eugene Cablin, president of the French Tennis Association, revealing the numbers behind the grand tournament. "The tournament earns € 261 million a year and the total budget of French tennis is 325 million, which comes from additional tournament revenue. "
"We do not receive support from the state and we do not have to," continued Kavlin, "On the contrary, Paris and the region earn a fortune of 270 million euros from the two weeks of tourism. The only thing we desperately need is that the tournament will take place, in any form - without a quarter An audience or half the audience - and no, it would be a disaster for French tennis. "
Of course, the drama is understandable that this is the future of domestic tennis, but one more thing to remember: For years, various countries have been battling for the right to host a Grand Slam and to change the permanent hierarchy of the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garos and the US Open - the four tournaments The world's largest.
Now that it's clear to everyone that the two tournaments that are still in doubt this year and that the top player awards are about to be cut dramatically, there are those who are talking about a new order in world tennis. Germany dreams of hosting a Grand Slam, China also wants to get on the international tennis map as well as the Arab world, which is willing to pay a lot of money to win a tournament with a big score. The coming weeks are expected to determine what the world tennis will look like in the coming years.