Tsitsipas, Berrettini, and Djokovic to Headline Exhibitions
Tennis is slowly coming back. Thank goodness for entrepreneurs who have been heeding the call to get some competitive tennis on television sets. Unfortunately, the lack of marketing has made it a bit difficult to understand the formats, who’s participating, and when these events are taking place. Props to popular players who have been promoting these events on their social media accounts.
The most exciting of these events is a ten-day round robin exhibition called UTS Live. UTS stands for Ultimate Tennis Showdown. The event is being organized by the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice, France. As many know Mouratoglou is the coach of superstar Serena Williams. For five straight weekends starting on June 13, top ranked players will participate in the event. Some big names have signed up to the competition, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, David Goffin and Matteo Berrettini.
The exhibition will comply with social distancing rules, meaning no spectators. However, one interesting aspect is that the conduct code is being lightened. I don’t know if this means we’ll be able to see players put forth all their emotions on the court. We shall see.
Another event that will be taking place is one called the Eastern European Championship, which will be taking place in Belgrade, Serbia on June 15th and is being organized by ex pro Janko Tipsarevic and the Serbian Tennis Association. The big draw there will be Novak Djokovic. He’ll be taking on a roster of Eastern Europeans such as Dusan Lajovic, Damir Dzumhur and Viktor Troicki.
The biggest exhibition that will be taking place seems to be the one in Charleston, South Carolina from June 23-28. This event will be televised by the Tennis Channel, who has agreed to give it more than 40 hours of live coverage. The 16-player roster reveals a who’s who of womens tennis, with Sofia Kenin, Andreescu, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys headlining the field.
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