Listener Qu's - Covid-19 and the future of tennis

We're back! And we're answering your questions, as selected by listeners Drew and David, who backed our crowdfunding Kickstarter so generously. Here are the questions:

• Is it the players’ responsibility to do what’s safe for themselves, or is it the tournament’s responsibility to guarantee safety regarding covid-19? (4:30)

• Is the Western & Southern Open too ‘intense’ for the first sanctioned event of the restarted ATP Tour? (10:30)

• If we were players, would we be happy to travel to New York for the US Open? (15:30)

• How fundamental is tennis’ scoring system to the DNA of the game? (27:00) 

• What do we think about the use of artificial crowd noise for behind-closed-doors matches? (32:28)

• Will covid-19 hasten the progress of all electronic line calling, or will there be an emotional appeal to return to the norm when restrictions ease? (37:40)

• Should Thiem prioritise the US Open or Roland Garros? (39:10)

• Was talk of more ATP-WTA unity just a flash in the pan? (42:54)

• Who should be the commissioner of tennis? (50:17)

• How do we view Madison Keys’ potential to win Grand Slam titles? (53:25)

• And will there be a flood of retirements following Tokyo 2021 or after the full regular season of tennis? (59:52)


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