Leander Paes said that he is looking forward to see how the players will be assigned points based on the reduced US Open, which will have only limited number of players across the world.

India star tennis player Leander Paes (Photo: @olympicchannel Twitter)

India ace tennis player Leander Paes said that he is happy to see sports taking the tiniest of steps towards normalcy as he feels it is the right time for resumption of sports with some social distancing.

Popular sports events like Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League returned last month after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ATP and WTA tours are due to return next month, with the US Open starting on August 31 and the French Open beginning a month later.

Talking about resumption of sports at India Today Inspiration, Leander Paes said, “It is great that the Bundesliga has started, La Liga has started, the Premier League has started and they are real frontrunners in getting back the normalcy. I know that tennis has already started in Florida, exhibition events have started in Germany. My doubles partner has already been playing in Australia. These babysteps are a great sign coming forward.”

However, Paes also said that is looking forward to see how the players will be assigned points based on the reduced US Open, which will have only limited number of players across the world.

“My evaluation for US open is this that the draw size for US open singles has been reduced from 128 players to 64 players, the doubles size has been from 64 teams to 24 teams, so when you look at the reduced event like this it is very intriguing to see how they are going to hand out points to players on ATP or WTA events. It will almost be like an exhibition style of tennis because you are not allowing everybody in the whole world to compete. I am still interested in how they are going to work this out.”

Up to 60% of the usual capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the COVID-19 crisis. Those numbers could change if the French government revises its social distancing rules.

“The French open has announced that they will have social distancing in stands and some spectators will come. I think with the digital medium, it is no better time to start sport with some social distancing and even if it is exhibition sport. The fact that we encourage the community to go back into playing responsibly is the real lesson.”

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