Tournament officials in protective gowns, face shields and gloves, ball kids donning gloves and a handful of working crew all masked.
As American tennis great John McEnroe might put it: “You cannot be serious.”
But it is all true, with local officials having to serve up an entirely different experience to get men’s professional tennis back on court in the age of Covid-19.
It was the latest step to kick-start international sports here amid tough safety protocols.
These were on full centre-court display last week during the Singapore Tennis Open, an ATP 250 event, which attracted a field of 28 singles players and 16 doubles teams to the Singapore Sports Hub’s OCBC Arena.
While 250 fans were allowed each day for the weekend’s semi-finals and finals, the tournament started last Monday behind closed doors.
Spectators had to take an antigen rapid test and wait 20 to 30 minutes for the result. If they received the green light, they could go in but only after a temperature check and doing SafeEntry check-in using TraceTogether.
Spectators had to wear masks at all times and were not allowed to change seats or mingle between different groups while common areas were sanitised hourly.
All players, staff and officials from overseas took daily Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction tests throughout the week-long event.
The players were isolated in individual team “bubbles” and could not have close and prolonged interactions with other players. They removed their masks only during matches or practice sessions.
Security personnel were dressed in full personal protective equipment (PPE), line judges were replaced by cameras and press conferences were held virtually.
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