This 2020 was, should have been, a momentous year in the history of tennis. The fans were rubbed the hands in the face of what was to come, with incentives more than enough on the table. None, in any case, as the double question mark that surrounds the bitter struggle of the Big Three for the throne of all times, and the stoic cross of Serena Williams by equalizing the record of 24 large which owns the australian Margaret Court in 1973. Started the course in Melbourne, and there, attacked Novak Djokovic and returned to get rid the american. After that, unwanted. The pandemic and surrealism. The calendar jumping in the air.
In economic terms, what lament those players whose revenues depend exclusively on travel from one side to another and play tournaments; that is to say, the vast majority. In key chronological, however, the turmoil points to two great people: Serena and Roger Federer. The clock does not forgive, they are exhausted the bullets and both born in 1981 and peloteando still in the midst of an army of young people, they begin to see more and more close to the quarantine. The break stumble into all the world, without exception, but is interpreted as a projectile in all rule against the dazzling career of the two great totems of the last twenty years, to which logically they run out of the wick.
The days pass by, disappear events, and the horizon is uncertain. “All are in the same boat, but for some it will be more difficult than for others. For them [Federer y Serena]time is not your friend. So, basically, this year have lost their opportunity,” says Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slams.
When it was announced the transfer of Roland Garros from may to September, many thought that the move had gone round to the swiss, who makes a three-month surgery of the right knee and attempted to land directly at Wimbledon. A priori, thanks to the unlikely turn of events, and the deferment of Paris, was going to get there without having snapped another hypothetical victory of Rafael Nadal on Chatrier, so that would be your great opportunity; given their age –the 8 of August will celebrate 39 years– who knows if the last. At this point, it is obvious that London is the stage marked in red by him, despite the fact that last year suffered a blow monumental to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Cathedral.
The swiss: operating room, and long distances
Do not lift Federer up a major since January of 2018, in Australia, and the big cement are already excessively long. Has run aground in the 20 slams that now threaten Nadal (19, 33 years old) and Nole (17 and 32), and the All England is their stronghold. “Devastated”, recognized through their social networks, nothing more announced the cancellation irremediable Wimbledon. Good-bye to your garden, and good-bye also, for the moment, to their fifth Olympic Games since Tokyo must wait for also a year. In the japanese Uniqlo, textile firm that will pay 300 million euros in the next decade, throw up their hands to the head because of his great image of the brand would come the next year to the olympics with nearly 40 years, and know in what state.
Until 2016, when she had to take the first arthroscopy on the right knee, Federer had never gone through a surgery. In four years he has done so twice. “The question you should ask yourself is how motivated you’ll be to face another season. At your age the less you play the more difficult it becomes to return. I think that, after this break, there will be a new era and it will be hard to Roger win one or two Grand Slams more”, writes a few days ago the australian Todd Woodbridge, the nine-times Wimbledon champion in doubles.
At a juncture similar to is Williams. On the 26th of September, the american will meet 39 years old and from the physical point of view, rebels against a phase of twilight. Also intervenes to the letter, by quoting almost exclusively by her appearances at major tournaments, and has already made an extraordinary effort to return to the track three seasons ago, after a brand new maternity. Since then, February of 2017, the u.s. has been bumping up against a wall. In the great eight that has played it has signed final four, but failed in all of them: two at Wimbledon (against Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep) and two in New York (Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu). Still have gunpowder, but not enough.
The anxiety and the enigma of the physical
“I feel a lot of anxiety for all that we are living”, he confessed after the suspension of the north american tour on hard. “In shock”, he lamented after meeting the last week of Wimbledon, its territory is most prolific (seven trophies) next to Melbourne. “This enforced rest is not good for her nor for the other veterans. The non-compete for a few months [la actividad se ha detenido oficialmente hasta el 13 de julio] it will not help you. Last year I was convinced I would win another major, but now I’m starting to think that it is more difficult to achieve”, describes the exjugadora Barbara Schett, now an analyst on the channel Eurosport.
“Be both time stop can be lethal. If in the next few months can not play a couple of slams [siguen en pie el US Open y Roland Garros, pero no hay certeza de que vayan a celebrarse]the possibility of reaching the Court, in numerical terms, it could disappear completely. At his age, and I’m not being disrespectful, it remains to be seen if his body will stand”, reviews in the australian press the former player John Fitzgerald, ex-captain of the Davis Cup and in your day number one in doubles, in a skeptical trend that runs through the circuit, since Serena has overcome the handicap of years to reach these finals, but in all of them was a victim of its own historical dimension.
As it breaks down the calendar, suspicion grows that it will be difficult to resume the march at the tennis, global sport where you have. Meanwhile, Federer pelotea elegantly on a wall of your residence in order to not lose the magic –only five weeks after the operation, he had already picked up the racket– and Serena has fun in the show Jimmy Fallon, without quintar an eye to his daughter Olympia. And, in parallel, the time and the virus, who do not understand status, do not play in favour of either of the two.