A real mess. That's how the ATP Tour is looking as a result of the global coronavirus crisis. Alejandro Davidovich, currently 94th in the ranking, will be deprived of the possibility of competing during a stretch of the season that best suited his interests, with attractive clay court events.
After the Marbella Challenger (initially scheduled to start on 30 March), Davidovich was all set to compete in seven tournaments back to back - Marrakech (an ATP 250), Monte Carlo (Masters 1,000), Godó (ATP 500), Estoril (ATP 250), Madrid and Rome (both Masters 1000) and Geneva (ATP 250). This, all before the second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros, from 24 May to 7 June.
The ATP Tour initially suspended the season for six weeks, until the week of 20 April, when the Godó would take place in Barcelona and an ATP250 in Hungary; now both have been postponed.
"It's been tough. We can't leave the house. I'm trying to train here or go to the supermarket for a walk, as that's all we can do," the tennis player from Rincón de la Victoria told SUR.
The player is concerned about what will happen to the rankings - his way to enter future tournaments - while he is unable to compete for points for at least six weeks. "They've not said anything yet. We are a little alarmed. Tennis is based on defending what you did in the last year; if the next tournaments are suspended, it is no longer based about defending. For example, I have to defend 102 points at Estoril, and I don't know if that week the points will be frozen or postponed for another week of the calendar and that's when you defend them... It's all a bit vague."
At the moment, Davidovich's main concern is not to lose his form or rhythm in this, his first season in which he is competing exclusively on the ATP Tour, having started in the top 100.
Tournaments on home turf
Another blow to Davidovich is that he will miss two major tournaments to be played in his home country.
"I've been looking forward to playing in Marbella [the Challenger at the Puente Romano Tennis Club, where he was semi-finalist in 2019] or in the Godó [tournament organised by his friend David Ferrer], at home, because since I have been out of the country for two months and was excited to play in Spain again. We'll see what decision they make and we have to accept it."
No one is quite sure when the tennis action will return. "Some say Roland Garros will still happen, others say we'll start again at Wimbledon [29 June to 12 July]. No decision has been taken and there is nothing else to do but wait and train however you can," he said.
In any case, Davidovich's season could have done without this extra complication. The 20-year-old has had a mixed time as he has tried adapting to elite tennis. After qualifying for the Australian Open, the clay tour of South America (Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile) didn't go well.