German tennis player Angelique Kerber (21st place WTA) expressed her reluctance on Thursday to resume tournaments starting in August, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Of course, we all want to play again and get back to normal as soon as possible. But I think this is only possible if the health and safety of all participants in the competitions is ensured, it is a priority for me, “Kerber said, according to DPA.
Referring to the US Open, Kerber said: “It is very clear to me that it will not be the US Open that we all knew. The tournament must be the same for everyone, and the conditions equal for all players. ” She did not specify whether or not she will be present at this tournament.
The ATP and WTA plan to resume tournaments in August, which were suspended in March due to Covid-19.
The US Open will be held behind closed doors between August 31 and September 13. According to the new protocol, players will be tested for Covid-19 before leaving for New York, upon arrival and throughout their stay in the American metropolis, once or twice a week.
“We are ready”
The organizers of the US Open will show flexibility in registering players for the tournament, allowing confirmation 2-3 weeks before the start, as Stacey Allaster, the tournament’s director, stated in a video conference: “We are ready. The plan is ready. If the athletes are ready, we will be ready to receive them in New York, to train and compete, everything will be flexible “.
Simona Halep, no. 2 WTA, recently announced that it is “unlikely” to play at Flushing Meadows in the Grand Slam scheduled for August 31 and September 13, while Serena Williams, with 23 Grand Slam titles in the record, confirmed her participation .
Romanian-born Canadian player Bianca Andreescu announced on Thursday that she will defend her title at the US Open, despite the conditions and health concerns related to coronavirus