Tennis, the Corona Virus, and the Great Unknown

Matt Cronin


Empty stadiums but for how long?

On the night of March 8, Indian Wells pulled the plug. The next morning, Miami said it was still on. Then was Miami canceled and the ATP Tour was suspended for six weeks, and the ITF for five weeks. Soon, WTA events followed.

Professional tennis, in just a few days, shut down. Every day, day by day, the other major sports followed -- the NBA, major league baseball, March Madness, soccer -- on and on, all due to Coronavirus.

Right now, the tournaments cancelled include Indian Wells, Miami, Houston, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona. But will the players return on court to play again at the tournaments at the end of April?

Nobody really knows, the way this week has developed. And there could be extreme worst case scenarios.

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In 1980 John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg played two of the greatest matches of all time in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open finals, both won by McEnroe, catalyzing Borg's disappearance from the game. In Epic, Matt Cronin, one the world's most respected tennis writers, and a regular Tennisplayer.net contributor, tells the stories of the two legendary careers that lead up those confrontations - as well as recounting the matches themselves. We're excerpting the start of both stories on Tennisplayer - the young Borg and the young McEnroe. Get Matt's book and read the rest!

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Matthew Cronin, founder of TennisReporters.net, is one of the most prolific and insightful journalists working in the sport of tennis. Matt has covered men's and women's pro tennis for the past fifteen years, traveling the world to develop his unique first hand perspective on every aspect of the game. Matt is a regular contributor to Reuters, has written extensively for the official Grand Slam web sites, and did play-by-play on the first web radio broadcast of the US Open finals. A former co-president of the International Tennis Writers Association, Cronin resides in Moraga, Calif., USA, with his wife, Patti, and their children, Cassandra, Connor and Chiara.


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