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Tennis Update: Wimbledon in 2022 to Take Out ‘Rest Day’; Osaka Seeks to Overcome Claycourt Issues

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Tennis Update Wimbledon in 2022 to Take Out 'Rest Day' Osaka Seeks to Overcome Claycourt Issues

According to officials for Wimbledon in 2022, they have announced that they will be scrapping the traditional day of rest. This normally happens between the first and second week of the tournament in its bid to avoid scheduling conflicts. The said measure is to begin next year. It expects to make fourth-round matches a two-day affair that will replace a busy Monday schedule. This one is famously known as “Manic Monday.”

All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt notes that the change is possible. It is all thanks to the modern measures in taking care of grass courts. This means that a two-week tournament schedule is now feasible. Also, it removes the toxicity of compressing the matches on the second Monday of the tournament. Another good news for tennis fans is that England is on pace to remove all coronavirus restrictions. It will start on June 21 thanks to a comprehensive vaccination drive. If things would fall into place, Wimbledon will kick off the following week, various reports said.

Organizers Plan to Increase Spectators at Wimbledon in 2022

The tournament organizers have expressed plans to increase capacity at Wimbledon. Officials say that they look to have a minimum spectator capacity of 25% in southwest London. They hope that the spectator limit will go up once people are vaccinated for COVID-19. Officials expect tickets to go full blast in June. An official states that they are not ruling out the appearance of spectators on the famed Henman Hill. They will find a way to ensure fans will follow social distancing protocols.

Under the new accommodation protocols for the tournament, players and a maximum of three guests are to stay in official hotels this year. The pair of positive developments in one of the four Grand Slam tennis events is expected to bring excitement to tennis fans and will have a good effect on online Grand Slam tennis betting sites that are expected to be frequented by sports enthusiasts who want to watch intense action and earn money at the same time.

Osaka Seeks to Overcome Claycourt Issues

Meanwhile, world No. 2 Naomi Osaka is bidding to halt her claycourt problems as she competes in the Madrid Open. The Japanese tennis star is taking part in the event as she seeks to end her issues in the red clay. The four-time Grand Slam champion plays in Madrid after taking a respite following her loss in Miami to Maria Sakkari. She now begins her quest to take home the French Open, which is a claycourt tennis event.

Osaka has performed well in hardcourt tennis events, as she had successive Grand Slam wins in the 2020 US Open and this year’s Australian Open. However, the Japanese netter needs to conquer her issues on clay as she never made it past the third round of the event. Osaka expressed excitement in competing on the surface where she has difficulties winning. She kicked off her bid in the Madrid Open by defeating Misaki Doi in straight sets, 7-5 6-2. Next to that, she will face is Karolina Muchova in the second round.

Osaka’s entry into claycourt events will give her enough time to prepare for the French Open as she seeks to end her woes on the surface that has been haunting her in her young career. The Japanese netter will be a high-ranked underdog in Roland Garros due to her inability to win big in the red clay. However, Osaka’s status as a big-time netter is still part of her DNA so expect the Japanese to produce surprising results in the Madrid Open and possibly become one of the favored netters that online betting enthusiasts would pick in the French Open.