Former World No.1 Angelique Kerber has been a clinical aspect of German Tennis. After Steffi Graf’s retirement German tennis didn’t have a Grand Slam winner until Kerber won the Australian Open in 2016. She later added two more to her tally. But the growing pandemic in the US is giving second thoughts to the three-time Grand Slam champion.
In an interview with the German Press Agency, she indicated that she is skeptical about the resuming schedule and participation in the US Open. She hasn’t planned her schedule yet. She will assess the situation further and then react.
“As of today, I can honestly say, I can’t imagine it. It is currently incredibly difficult to plan. Nobody knows at the moment what is going to happen and what will happen next. Even if the organizers say that they are playing, it does not mean for me that I also automatically participate.” she said
She also said that the virus shouldn’t be taken lightly. The US is having record new cases each day and that fact isn’t secret to the players. So with all the assurances that the US Open gives, the players are still worried about the Pandemic.
“The situation should still not be taken lightly, just because it has to start now. After all, it’s no secret that the numbers are going up in the United States.” said the German
Note: The quotes have been translated from German using Google Translate
But the US Open has taken certain steps to ensure everyone’s safety. The tournament will happen without fans. And the regular temperature and Symptom checks will be done.
During this lockdown phase, Kerber has been working out regularly. But without much match practice, she will take some time to get match fit. But like the other players, she is trying to stay motivated and work her way through this Tennis Hiatus.
Kerber won the 2016 US Open and defeated Karolina Pliskova. She is currently ranked 21 and since 2019 her form has been patchy. She lost in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open. Kerber will be looking for a better restart to her 2020 season.