Subjected to the necessary sanitary requirements imposed by the pandemic but with an audience in the stands, tennis returns to Madrid after two years to resume competition at the Caja Mágica with the nineteenth edition of the Mutua Madrid Open. The coronavirus caused a radical halt that invaded countless events. A gap in the 2020 calendar that forced postponements first and cancellations later. The Masters 1000 in Madrid, one of the most important sporting events each year in Spain, the most relevant in tennis, was not played, It returns from Thursday 29 with the launch of the main draw of the women’s tournament after that for two days before qualifying heats have been completed. With the main rackets in the world as a claim, the movement will return inside and outside the Magic Box for almost two weeks. It will not be the agitation of previous years, with uproar at the outdoor ticket offices and crowds at the entrance to the venue. Queues at the entrances and permanent swaying of people inside. Health demands are already part of our lives, part of every movement. And as such they are present at the event. The temperature measurement at the entrance is included in the routine as well as the use of a mask, mandatory at all times. The safety distance is mandatory, the disinfection of the common areas will be permanent. Everything under strict control of the organization. The presence of fans stimulates the players who have traveled throughout recent times accompanied by the silence and solitude of the fields. Little by little events take another step towards relative normality. After the vacuum at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, Barcelona was a relief. Madrid will be too. With caution and care. Former player Patrick McEnroe recently spoke at length about Roger Federer’s French Open ambitions. McEnroe reckons Federer wouldn’t be expecting to go all the way at Roland Garros, but that he would still be determined to play well.
Roger Federer will play the French Open this year
“Roger Federer wouldn’t be showing up to play if he didn’t think he could play well,” Patrick McEnroe said. “But I don’t think he is realistically going there thinking he could win the tournament. Even when Roger was at his highest level he was the second best claycourt player in the world, which is saying something,” McEnroe continued. “I don’t think we can say that right now, especially coming off such a long layoff.” The 54-year-old believes Federer is one of the greatest players of all time, and as such can never be written off. “He’s still a threat to win a big tournament,” Patrick McEnroe said. “I never underestimate greatness and he’s great, one of the greatest if not the greatest of all time.”