Djokovic opposes coronavírus vaccination20 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
World number one is against vaccination programs and does not change his opinion in the face of the new Coronavirus
One after another, the biggest competitions on the professional tennis circuit are being canceled due to the new Coronavirus pandemic. After Wimbledon, this time it was the Laver Cup to announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition (scheduled for September 25 and 27), although in this case the causes are not directly related to COVID-19. As for the US Open, the USTA decided to keep original dates for the last Grand Slam of the season (August 24 to September 13), which could compromise the tournament.
According to the official announcement of the Laver Cup organization, of which Roger Federer is a part, the main reason for the tournament cancelation is to free the ATP calendar from the constraints caused by the forced break of the season. It should be remembered that despite bringing together some of the best tennis players in the world and having a prize money, the Laver Cup doesn't count for the ATP ranking. Without ever referring the Coronavirus or Roland Garros, the fact that the French Grand Slam has changed unilaterally to dates coinciding with the Laver Cup has forced the tournament to retreat let free calendar to the French Open.
The United States and, more precisely, New York City are these days the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic. The state records about 1000 deaths per day and all sports competitions in the country may be canceled until the end of 2020. By not wanting to postpone the dates of the tournament and keep it in August, the USTA reduces the chances to the event can be held safely. It should be remembered that the US Open is a fundamental tournament for the financial viability of the North American Tennis Association, one of the richest in the world. Also, in the summer months, the USA is the home of too many of the circuit's biggest tennis tournaments like Cincinnati, San Jose, Atlanta, Winston-Salem and Washington and all of them should be canceled too.
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