“Having postponements is practically impossible, but there can be cancellations”, worries Jean-François Caujolle, the founder of the Open 13 Provence, a world tennis tournament scheduled for February 14 to twenty in Marseille, Friday January 7 on franceinfo, whereas the Minister for Sports Roxana Maracineanu acknowledged that “the organization of competitions [était] questioning “ by the well being disaster, referring in specific to the multiplication of instances in the world of soccer.
franceinfo: Do you assume that the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament will have the ability to be held?
We’re going to stay to it, if we’re allowed to stay to it. Last yr, we played behind closed doors, so in the worst case, we’d play below the identical circumstances. Sport and tennis should proceed. For us, it is positive that the in digital camera can be a foul resolution.
“Tournament revenue plummets 60% to 70% when there is no more audience, PR operation, or hospitality.”Jean-François Caujolle, founder of the Open 13 Provence
There is additionally a loss on the degree of the sponsors. For instance, for Open 13, as an alternative of getting 60,000 spectators all through the week, there is probably not any, so there is solely media and tv fallout. Of course, it is rather more difficult, and that the top outcome is essentially destructive for a promoter.
In precept, is it potential to postpone a tennis Open? Is there room in the sports activities calendar?
In the calendar, there are competitions each week. There are additionally geographic points and floor points. Having postponements is practically unimaginable, however there could be cancellations. There had been cancellations in some geographic areas final yr, particularly in South or North America, however not an excessive amount of or little or no in Europe.
If headliners like Novak Djokovic in Australia do not meet France’s vaccine necessities and if they cannot make it to your Open, is not it dropping worth?
Yes, but when we take a look at the variety of instances of Covid-19 exactly in tournaments over the previous yr, there have been few among the many principal gamers. Today, I consider the vaccination, in the highest 100 gamers, is in the order of 95% or 96%.
“The players are well aware of the health risks and obligations that there could be.”Jean-François Caujolle, founder of the Open 13 Provence
For Novak Djokovic, we have no idea precisely what it is, however I consider that Rafael Nadal’s reply is very clear and fairly transcribes the way of thinking of many of the gamers. He is unhappy for Djokovic however he believes that he knew what he was doing.