This Week in Tennis is back and hosts Phil Naessens and Craig Doyle discuss the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what the tours can do to speed up the return of tennis, and the legacy of former tennis star Maria Sharapova.
The financial impact due to the stoppage of the ATP and WTA has been enormous and its effects are wide-reaching. For every multimillionaire like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, there are hundreds of players who were already struggling to make ends meet that is now unable to work.
It is not the tennis players who are feeling the financial pinch; also included in this would-be journalists, photographers, hitting partners, coaches, tennis clubs and even the tournaments themselves are going through the wringer.
The guys discuss these hardships and look for ways the ATP, WTA, and ITF alongside the local tennis governing bodies can help provide relief for those impacted the most by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Should the USTA look to move the US Open from New York to Indian Wells, California? The guys have their say on this controversial idea to save the 2020 US Open.
Future Hall of Fame tennis player Maria Sharapova has recently decided to call it quits. The five-time Grand Slam winner spent twenty-one weeks at number one in the world over her lengthy and storied career. Sharapova also received a suspension from the game after testing positive for PEDS use. The guys discuss her legacy and more.
Phil and Craig also share their thoughts on the several independent exhibitions and such available to sports bettors. Should a smart gambler wager on these events?
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