Serena Williams’ coach starts independent tennis league


Serena Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou says he is starting an independent tennis league for professionals to play spectatorless games starting in May at his academy in Nice, France.

Professional ATP and WTA tours have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and are suspended at least until mid-July.

Mouratoglou announced his adventure on Saturday, calling it the Ultimate Tennis Showdown or UTS.

He says the plan is to broadcast 10 games per weekend live for five weekends in May and June.

Competition is scheduled to start on May 16. That’s when David Goffin, 10th in the world ranking of Belgium, triple quarterfinal of the Grand Slam, must face the 103rd Australian rank Alexei Popyrin, whose father is the co-founder of the UTS. .

The next Grand Slam tournament on the calendar is expected to be the US Open, which plans to start the main draw competition on August 31 in New York.

The start of the French Open has been postponed from May to September, while Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since 1945.


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