‘We Just Try Not to Think About It’ – American Tennis Star Jessica Pegula on Speaking About Horrifying Texas Shooting Incident

Published 05/30/2022, 2:36 AM EDT

via Reuters

Jessica Pegula is in the form of her life. Earlier this year, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, going down against the eventual champion, Ashleigh Barty in the last-eight clash. Further, she has been putting in consistent performances in big tournaments. In the run-up to the French Open 2022, she finished second-best at the Madrid Open. Subsequently, she attained her career-best ranking of Number 11.

The American star is currently in Paris to participate in Roland Garros. She has reached the fourth round in singles after defeating the Slovenian, Tamara Zidansek, in straight sets. After her victory, she talked about recent grave incidents in her country.


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Jessica Pegula on the Texas shooting incident

During the post-match press conference after her third-round victory, the 28-year-old opened up about speaking with fellow players regarding the incidents in her country. She said, “To be honest, I have not talked to either of them about it at all. I haven’t talked to any player about it. I don’t know, maybe one time, but usually when we are here we’re just thinking about the next match and tennis. And not that that’s more important than what’s going on, but I think here maybe we just try not to think about it. And then usually if you go back to your hotel and you’re on your phone and reading the news and all this stuff is where you kind of come across it more.” 

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Further, she added, “But as far as being on site when we’re getting ready to play doubles or we’re practicing together I haven’t really said anything to them or vice versa.”


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Jessica Pegula’s French Open 2022 campaign

The American star is having her best campaign at Roland Garros. She is the 11th seed in the singles competition and began her campaign with a bang against Qiang Wang. Contrastingly, she had to dig deep in her second-round match against Anhelina Kalinina. She has now reached the fourth round and will face Irina-Camelia Begu for a place in the quarterfinals.


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Additionally, she has also reached the third round in women’s doubles with partner Coco Gauff.



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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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