VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS CONFERENCE FROM NEWS BETT1ACES TENNIS TURNAMENTS IN BERLIN, THAT WILL BECOME THE FIRST SPORTS IN GERMANY TO ALLOW FANS SINCE BEGINS FROM THE BEGINNING OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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SHOW: BERLIN, GERMANY (JULY 11, 2020) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. FORMER WORLD NUMBER 2 TONY HAAS AND JULIA GOERGES ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE
3. (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) BITT1ACES ORGANIZER, EDWIN WEINDORFER, SAYING:
“That means we are in a good position, we have done everything in our hands to meet the requirements so we can have a safe tournament. A few weeks ago, we decided to ask the audience to participate in the event after a change in law for sports facilities . “
4. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
6. (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) WORLD NUMBER 38, JULIA GOERGES, TELLING:
“The audience is very important, I think. They bring the emotions and atmosphere you need. And for us, the fact that 800 people will be able to take part is something that makes us very happy. For me it’s very important, also for me.” offer something to viewers too so they can attend sporting events again. This will obviously be a little smaller than usual, but I think this is a step in the right direction. “
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) FORMER WORLD NUMBER TWO, TONY HAAS, SAYING:
“I have never liked playing without an audience. In the past, I preferred to cancel and wait until I could play in a bigger stadium. As a player, it is always better to feel the emotions that come from the audience,” but of course, in this situation it’s better to have 800 people than not to have it. I see it as a step forward and hopefully that means we are on our way to a new normality. But new normality, that is something we will find out about in the coming months. “
9. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BITT1ACES ORGANIZER, EDWIN WEINDORFER, SAYING:
“Zero tolerance is not for Sasha Zverev, it’s for every player and everyone involved in this tournament. What I mean by ‘zero tolerance’ is that we have rules, special rules for health, for safety and for the players, and also the staff, coach, family members need to apply the rules. And this is what I say, and I say we also have other players on the sidelines if something happens because we will not be on the safe side, and I think it’s fair and everyone understands that . “
11. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
12. (SOUNDBITE) (UK) BITT1ACES ORGANIZER, EDWIN WEINDORFER, SAYING:
“And we want to do this in a very responsible way and we deal with ATP, WTA, even the All England Tennis Club, which is also our partner with the grass court tournament that we also hold, and we also update it with our findings after this tournament. “Because there will be findings. There will be things that work well and there will be things that might not work well. But we will update them and I also told the federation that if they want to have our cleanliness concept, we certainly will pass it on to them and we will share our experience with anyone in the tennis business who wants that information. “
13. KINDS OF JOURNALISTS
14. (SOUNDBITE) (Germany) FORMER WORLD NUMBER TWO, TONY HAAS, SAYING:
“I do not want to speak on behalf of Sasha (Alexander Zverev). I think sadly he is not here, I think many of us think that way. Always sad to confirm and show and then have to cancel. He is also a leading player here in Germany and we would love to have it here without a doubt. But he has a new coach and maybe they want to talk about the upcoming tournament and plan it, I don’t know. Maybe this also has something to do with the latest events that we all see like the Adria tour. “
15. NETWORK PROVISIONS OUTSIDE NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM
16. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD NUMBER 38, JULIA GOERGES, TELLING:
“I think overall everyone is doing an extraordinary job and playing first at the stadium. And, as we can see now, there have been many safety precautions where I definitely feel safe and it’s a little unique and a bit strange when you coming from the usual tour and then you come here and it’s a little laughable, but I think that is the whole of what we’re dealing with now, and if you want to compete, if you want to play and have a good match, that’s what you have to accept. And I accept that, starting Monday. “
17. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
18. VARIOUS HAAS POSITIONS AND GOERGES WITH TENNIS RACKETS
STORY: German tennis player Julia Goerges said on Saturday (July 11) the audience “brought emotions and atmosphere” to the match as she was promoting the upcoming Berlin bett1ACES tennis exhibition, the first sporting event in Germany to allow fans to follow the pandemic coronavirus.
Berlin’s health authorities have agreed to a limited number of people for the event, as well as for other tournaments a few days later.
The maximum number of fans who attend will be 800 a day for outdoor events July 13-15 on the grass.
In another tournament that will be played on hard courts in a hangar at Tempelhof airport on July 17-19, the government will allow 200 spectators per day.
In a joint press conference, former world number two Tommy Haas agreed with Goerges and tournament organizer Edwin Weindorfer and said the move was a step in the right direction.
Asked about Germany’s top player Alexander Zverev, who was recently seen with many players dancing together at a nightclub including Novak Djokovic, Haas said he was sad that the 23-year-old would not take part in the Berlin tournament.
Organizers have warned in recent weeks that players will be excluded from the competition if they violate the cleanliness rules of COVID-19 after Djokovic, his wife Jelena, three other players, three coaches and one pregnant wife of the player tested positive for the virus after the Adria tour, which was originally intended to makes it easy for tennis to get out of the lock.
(Production: Oliver Barth, Nikolai Tomas, Ulrike Heil, and Elena Gyldenkerne)
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