November 29, 2020

With elbow bumps and masked followers, World TeamTennis kicks off season – tennis



2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens defeated reigning Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 5-1 to assist enlargement franchise Chicago Smash defeat the Vegas Rollers within the kickoff of World TeamTennis’ (WTT) common season on Sunday.

One in every of just a few dwell sports activities to welcome followers in North America amid the coronavirus outbreak, roaring crowds had been changed with masked, socially distanced spectators on the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, the place all the three-week WTT common season will happen.

The Smash gained 24-18 over the Rollers, whereas the Orlando Storm took down returning champions Springfield Lasers with an total rating of 21-18.

Standouts for the day included 28-year-old American Tennys Sandgren, who fired off 5 of Orlando Storm’s eight aces, together with his crew successful 75% of their first-serve factors.

On the Chicago crew, 18-year-old Brandon Nakashima took down Sam Querrey 5-Three within the males’s singles, as teammates opted for elbow bumps over high-fives.

“At first I undoubtedly was somewhat bit nervous,” Nakashima mentioned on the televised broadcast. “I simply tried to remain strong on the baseline on my finish.”

The occasion contains a number of security measures designed to mitigate the potential unfold of coronavirus, together with COVID-19 testing for contributors and common temperature checks, with WTT letting a most of 500 followers inside the two,500-person stadium.

A Californian rivalry match between the Orange County Breakers and San Diego Aviators was anticipated to kick off at eight p.m. ET on Sunday.