This has been the return of tennis in Spain after the coronavirus crisis
The new normality begins to come to sport and, after more than two months of inactivity, tennis has returned… although by way of exhibition. With the ATP tournaments stopped, in Alicante they have decided to hold a tournament with some of the world’s top rackets so that the competition returns under extreme sanitary measures. Pablo Andújar and the Australian Alex de Miñaur staged the first professional match in our country after the coronavirus crisis.
Both players played the first game on Spanish territory after confinement. It was a tournament played in the Alicante municipality of Benitatxell. The championship consists of four participants, all of them residing in the Valencian Community and among which are Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreño, the two Spanish tennis players with the best ranking after Rafa Nadal.
De Miñaur won Andújar in the match. The Australian won in two sets, 6-2 and 6-3 to the Spanish. It was the first match of a day that left another Bautista’s victory against Carreño, for a double 6-4. The ‘Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge‘Will be played until Sunday and will measure the four participants between them.
After the victory in the first match, De Miñaur is at the head of the classification, after the player from Castellón. Bautista, who is still tied to sets, beat his top Spanish pursuer in the ATP ranking after an hour and 23 minutes of play.
The first two games in Spain were played under extreme security measures. Both the chair judge and the hair catchers appeared at the meeting with mask. The players also did it, who took it off once the match started and who greeted each other by hitting their elbows.
One of the main reasons why tennis had advocated coming back to the competition, it was for keeping the distance and for the little risk of contact that existed between the players themselves. However, ATP has refused to allow tournaments that they were framed in the calendar in the time that the confinement has lasted. Now, finally, tennis begins to find its normality, with the return of the competition, although by way of exhibition, in Spain.