Serena Williams’ popular coach, Patrick Mouratoglou informed CNBC that tennis might not be the very same after the worldwide action to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mouratoglou stated gamers were having a hard time to remain inspired due to the fact that they do not understand when they will have the ability to play main matches once again.
“It’s an extremely difficult period. What we know is that probably the face of tennis post Covid-19 will not be the same anymore. The economic crisis probably is going to strike us really hard. All the business in general, but also the tennis business,” he stated.
The sport’s leading governing bodies, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), have actually suspended their seasons up until a minimum of August. A choice by the U.S. Tennis Association on whether to hold the U.S. Open in late August is anticipated quickly.
During the worldwide lockdown action to Covid-19, Mouratoglou developed the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), a brand name brand-new tennis league which he hopes will reinvent the sport and draw in more youthful fans. The creator of the Mouratoglou Academy stated he felt tennis had actually remained in “a difficult situation” for numerous years due to the market of fans.
“I know it doesn’t look like that because we have unbelievable champions, we have great tournaments, but if you look more in detail, you realize that the average age of the tennis fan is 61 years old, which is quite old for a sport,” he stated.
“We are literally living on the fan base that has been created in the 70s and the 80s,” he included.
The prominent coach states the success of the sport because age was because of the quantity of feeling gamers shared. He stated today’s stringent standard procedure suggests numerous gamers all have the very same mindset and are hard to determine on court.
“The reason why people watch sport is to feel something. They want to feel emotions. So if the players don’t give emotions, it’s more difficult to get into it,” he stated.
The brand-new UTS format, which occurs over 5 weekends from June 13, will motivate gamers to reveal feeling through lighter conduct guidelines. Matches will be much shorter and the at-home audience can hear live coach talks and engage with gamers in genuine time.
Mouratoglou informed CNBC he had actually held conversations with ATP and WTA about the brand-new league, who stated they would be open to additional talks if it works. “I’m not trying to be against anybody. I’m doing this for tennis. I think tennis needs to be reinvented. I think there is a space for two different tours. This exists in many other sports,” he stated.
The coach and business owner likewise informed CNBC that his tennis prodigy Coco Gauff was “unique,” and talked about her current response to the death of George Floyd, the African-American male who passed away while in the custody of the Minneapolis cops. Floyd’s death, which was shot, triggered anti-racism demonstrations and Black Lives Matter presentations in the U.S. and around the globe.
“What happened lately with those terrible events in the U.S. and the fact that at 16 years old she’s able to go there and make speeches and to support the black community going through all those difficult times, it just shows that she’s something else, really,” he stated.
Mouratoglou, who initially partnered with U.S. tennis super star Serena Williams in 2012, said sorry that due to the brief time turn-around and preliminary scale of the occasion, females will not have the ability to participate in the very first UTS, however stated that will take place quickly. He stated Williams was extremely helpful of the brand-new league and had actually even provided him some concepts. “She’s pushing me to bring onboard women as early as possible,” he stated.