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Tennis ‘cannot survive’ without return of spectators

Andrea Gaudenzi (C), chairman of ATP, with Daniil Medvedev (R), Dominic Thiem (L) at 2020 ATP World Tour Finals (by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Senior tennis officials have expressed concern about the viability of major tennis tournaments as restrictions on attendance drag on.

News agency Reuters spoke to several officials who sounded the alarm about the state of the sport's finances. ATP board member Herwig Straka said: "We cannot survive without having spectators". ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said the men's tour could "sustain this year", although sponsorship revenues were down by an average 30 per cent since the pandemic began. WTA chief executive Steve Simon said: "A no-crowd formula that extended into the future would require a restructuring of how sports in general would proceed."

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