It’s great to have my favorite sports (badminton and tennis) back again on the TV screen after so long. Tennis has been kicking back with the US Open happening right now and badminton will be back in early Oct with the Thomas & Uber Cup. There are a few adjustments made for Covid safety that could be observed on court on the tennis side, and I wonder if the same will be applied with badminton 1. No audience. No fan roars, no cheering, just empty seats. Each player are only allowed to have maximum 3 people in the stadium with them. The Danish government is banning public gatherings with more than 500 people. Do you think the TUC will happen behind closed door altogether or a limited amount of fans will be allowed in with seating distance? I imagine being in an enclosed indoor space with the same air conditioning system will pose more of a risk, so would BWF take that risk? 2. Referees and everyone else in the stadium except for the players themselves have to wear masks Probably we’ll see that with badminton as well? 3. No towel service. Tennis players now have to fetch their own towels now, like badminton players always have, which to me is just an obvious thing. God knows what kind of fluids and germs are in those towels, why make the ball kids carry them with their bare hands? Funny how a global pandemic needs to happen before everyone realizes the importance of basic hygiene practices. Also, I’ve noticed that players no go for their towel way less between points (since they have to go all the way to the back of the court instead of just signaling for it and have it delivered immediately). It obviously make them overuse it, some ask for it between almost every point it’s ridiculous. It is much better now, less delay and better hygiene! 4. Shuttle dispenser. I’ve read about this somewhere, that at all of the year-end BWF events, there will be a shuttle dispenser at the end of the court which allows players to get new ones themselves. Another brilliant idea that should be kept post-Covid? But it also says that players will still come to the service judge to return the old shuttles, but with their racket (to keep distance) which defeats the point of the whole dispenser thing Now they have to walk up to return the shuttle, then walk all the way to the back to get new ones? Why not just have a disposal box right next to it so they can throw old ones in? 5. Line judges replaced by technology. In US Open this year, all but 2 main courts will have the Hawkeye Live technology replacing line judges. That will obviously be much harder with badminton but honestly I’d love to see that happen when technology gets up to that level. No one can give angry side eyes or yell at line judges then. 6. No handshakes. Players touch their rackets at the end instead.