Tennis.-In Germany also aim to tournaments without the public during the pandemic

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BERLIN, 19 (dpa/PE)

The interruption of circuits of tennis professionals due to the pandemic of COVID-19 is preparing initiatives to compete in tournaments behind closed doors, like the one that was intended to hold in Höhr-Grenzhausen (Germany), according to published Sunday by the newspaper ‘The Telegraph’.

In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate to the west of the country, will play in the tournament unofficially and with a box of 32 players, including professionals German Dustin Brown and Yannick Hanfmann, according to the English newspaper.

Brown retuiteó the information published in the account of ‘The Telegraph’, according to which a tournament of four days would mean from 1 may to players ranked at the bottom of the world rankings; it would be in the premises of the academy FOUNDATION, at its headquarters in Höhr-Grenzhausen.

The condition is that only the two players and the referee were on the track. The parties are retransmitirían live and also could be the subject of bets, which would already be informed to the Authority of the Integrity of Tennis, (TIU).

A spokesman for the agency, ensuring transparency in the sport of the racquet, said they were aware of several initiatives of this type during the current paralysis of the circuits of the ATP and the WTA, which will last at least until the 13th of July.

Next to the academies and the training of Rafael Nadal and the coach of Serena Williams, Patrick Mouratoglou, more small tournaments to door closed are added to the calendar to offset the suspension of the circuits professionals.

Mouratoglou is organizing the so-called Ultimate Tennis Showdown from the 16th of may. During five weeks would be disputed 10 matches every weekend in his academy, located in the south of France.

All would be held without public, but is also being broadcast live. Among the participants would be the belgian David Goffin, world number 10, and the australian Alexei Popyrin.