2020 was a particular year for the whole world of sport and tennis was also conditioned by the strong hold linked by the Pandemic and in general by the Coronavirus. This year, due to this damn virus, there has been the historic cancellation of the European Soccer 2020 Championships, the Wimbledon tournament in tennis, some event slips and bubbles, such as in the NBA, NHL and MLB.
And, above all, the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021. In European soccer, we have seen how the formats of many competitions, such as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, have been dramatically changed, with the Final 8.
And above all, a common situation for almost all sports was the partial absence or total crowd from the courts and fields. Roger Federer himself, Swiss champion and winner of twenty Grand Slam titles who was forced to miss the two main goals of his season.
In view of the Olympics that will be held in 2021 unless there are sensational scenarios, some measures have been confirmed or eliminated for those who will have to arrive in Japan from abroad. The most important news these days is certainly the fact that athletes will not have to observe 14 days in quarantine upon their arrival in Tokyo.
The organizers of the tournament have in fact confirmed that the participants will be outside the quarantine rules, in force instead for any tourist who wants to visit Japan until the period of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. They will not have to carry out the quarantine but the athletes will have to take a Covid test at least 72 hours before their arrival in Tokyo and their negativity will be important for their arrival in the capital.
The news for athletes and crowds at the next Olympics
Toshiro Muto, managing director of Tokyo 2020, announced this important news for the athletes and then declared: "No decision has yet been made for foreign spectators.
Tests will be required before arrival and then upon arrival itself for the public, but everything is not yet defined. By next Spring, we will work out a plan for spectators, especially non-Japanese ones. However, I believe it is not possible to set up a 14-day quarantine test for foreign viewers, so there must be workarounds."
The next Tokyo Games will be held from 23 July 2021 and will end on 8 August instead. This season we have seen hardships in many sports and competitions: skiing, athletics, soccer, rugby, F1 and many more. Among the main protagonists of the next Olympics, in addition to the Big Three of tennis Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, there will be the swimming stars, such as Katie Ledecky, of the NBA, as perhaps LeBron James, of the tack-and-field, of the fencing, and all other sports.
Meanwhile the fifty edition of the ATP Finals, which will obviously coincide with the last stage of a surreal season, will obviously be played behind closed doors. And it will be played in London for the last time. The Finals, from 2021, will move to Turin and will remain there until 2025.
The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee. The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure. This year, due to the Global Pandemic, only three Majors were played: the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, the US Open, won by Dominic Thiem and the Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal.