The month of April in sports activities was nearly barren. Dwell occasions amounted to a ragtag assortment of badminton from Armenia, short-format ice hockey from Russia and video video games.
However the moribund sports activities world might lastly be stirring to life in some locations. Could is trying like it is going to be remembered because the month when sports activities began getting back from coronavirus-related hiatuses.
Here’s a look at events that are on the calendar for May, with the caveat that in an ever-shifting world, some could well drop off again.
The traditional May showpiece, the French Open, has been moved to September. But there will still be tennis matches to watch this month, even with the ATP and WTA tours still paused.
Lower-ranked players have been competing in such exhibitions for a few weeks. And on May 8 to 10, four top 100 players — Tennys Sandgren, Matteo Berrettini, Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul — will face off in a mini-tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla. played on a private hardcourt and broadcast on Tennis Channel. The tournament will be singles only, with just one match official to respect social-distancing requirements.
For his part, Sandgren said he’d “play tennis in a hazmat suit, just to go compete. I’m itching.”
Alison Riske, Amanda Anisimova, Danielle Collins and Ajla Tomljanovic will compete in a women’s event in West Palm on May 22 to 24.
The Florida events, held with no spectators, could provide a path forward for tennis in the coming months.
There are still virtual matches being played, too. You can also catch Serena and Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova, among others, competing in a video game tennis tournament — the “Stay at Home Slam” — on May 3. It will be streamed on Facebook.
No sport is more closely associated with spring in America than baseball, and the sport’s healing quality means that the return of peanuts and crackerjack will be a key milestone in the coming of normalcy.
Major League Baseball is not coming back in May — late June is the most optimistic timetable — but it is being played in Asia. The South Korean league has been holding exhibitions since April 21 and will start its regular season on May 5.
In Taiwan, the Chinese Professional Baseball League has been playing since April, and if that is not thrilling enough, consider this quote from The Taiwan Times this week: “My purpose for 2020, is to discover a roster spot within the C.P.B.L. I’ve been itching to get again within the batter’s field and be capable to compete once more.” The speaker? Former M.L.B. All-Star Manny Ramirez, 47. Now that will be one thing thrilling for Could.
At the same time as France and the Netherlands introduced that they had been abandoning their seasons, some prime leagues are urgent on with plans for resumption.
The Portugese League can be aiming for a fast restart and will start the final week of Could. And there’s at all times the Belarusian Premier League, which has been plugging away, virus or no virus, since mid-March.
Blended Martial Arts
The U.F.C. has been within the forefront of professional sports activities leagues pushing for a return to motion, floating concepts like having fights on a personal island.
Though a number of occasions had been tentatively scheduled or proposed, then canceled, there are three playing cards coming this month in Jacksonville, Fla., that at this hour are nonetheless on.
The primary, on Could 9, options bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo defending his belt in opposition to Dominick Cruz, and a light-weight bout between top-five contenders Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. The opposite occasions are scheduled for Could 13 and 16.
The Indy 500 has been postponed to August, however NASCAR drivers are anticipated to begin buying and selling paint once more on Could 17 at Darlington. There are a number of extra races scheduled earlier than the month is out, together with the most important Coca-Cola 600 on Could 24 at Charlotte.
A couple of smaller tracks and at the least one main one, Gulfstream Park in Florida, raced on with out followers by way of March and April. Oaklawn Park will maintain two divisions of the Arkansas Derby on Saturday.
There will likely be no Kentucky Derby on the primary Saturday in Could; it has been moved to September. However Churchill Downs will resume racing on Could 16.
Monitor and Discipline
The early Diamond League occasions and, after all, the Olympics have been postponed. However three prime pole-vaulters — world champion Sam Kendricks, European champion Armand Duplantis, and the 2012 Olympic gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie — will compete Sunday, with every vaulting in his personal location.
As a result of bringing in officers to boost the bar top would possibly show harmful, the three will compete to see which one can clear 5 meters (16 toes, 5 inches) essentially the most occasions in 30 minutes.