Tennis? Yes, tennis returned back playing in the United States after California resident holds a Homecourt Advantage tournament with Pro players on his backyard.
With sports around the world still being stopped due to the global outbreak of Coronavirus, officials are in to investigate and started getting creative to way through to the return of the sports with taking all precautionary measures to fight the virus. The NFL testing N-95 visors, NASCAR is back playing closed-doors, and German football league Bundesliga returned too without fans.
With all these, a resident of California may have found the most creative way to back up sports with a Homecourt Advantage tournament holds on his backyard with Pro players. In the backyard, Twelve fans were also there to support the return of the game, taking precautions and maintaining social distance as well.
Scott Douglas, a tennis fan, held the Homecourt Advantage tournament on a clay court in his backyard, which included a $100,000 prize.
The tournament held for two-day included some of the top tennis players in Southern California with 12-fans who were maintaining social distance and taking all the precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. Participants included 10-time ATP title winner Sam Querrey, Ernesto Escobedo, Brandon Holt, and rising star, 17-year-old Zachary Svajda in Homecourt Advantage tournament. It has been two months since they last took part in a contest.
The results are as follows of the two-day Homecourt Advantage tournament: Holt began the day with a 4-3 (5), 4-3 (8) semifinal victory over Giron, Querrey defeated Escobedo 4-3 (6), 4-1 in a semifinal round. In the final, Querrey came out on top after defeating Holt 3-4 (7), 4-1, 10-8 in the last match of the first in a two-months sporting event in the US.
Holt said he hopes that the sport can return back playing in a short time, rather than taking long.
“It was so much fun, I think that as long as people are being safe and social distancing, as we did at this tournament, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to start up playing tennis,” Holt told the Los Angeles Times in a talk regarding the Homecourt Advantage tournament.
He continued: “I don’t think anyone here ever felt like they were in any danger, ever. We’re able to play tennis far enough away, so we’re not close to each other. I guess that’s the name of the game, trying to figure out how to get fans and trying to figure out how to travel. Things like that are what’s going to be tough when the pro tour starts back up.”
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Querrey, ranked-45, the best among participating players, did also emphasize on the importance of these types of tournaments.
“If the tour is going to keep being suspended, the more of these that can pop up, the better because they’re really fun, and the guys really appreciate it,” he said. “It was awesome. They did a great job.”
Peter Smith, who coaches Querrey, and the former USC tennis coach, among the top fans of the backyard based event.
“I think there should be more of these. It’s like we’ve been transported back to the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Backyard Opens,” Peter said.
He continued: “When you’re playing in front of a couple of people, and for a few dollars, it’s a little bit more motivating than playing no one.”
As for now, sports started making a slow come-back in the wake of deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
Let’s hope for the best!