The United States Grand Slams tournament will begin on 31st August in New York. Consequently, top tennis players have been raising doubts over their participation. However, Two time Grand Slam Champion Petra Kvitova raised questions over the coronavirus restrictions of the U.S.Open 2020.
To date, the United States has been ranked top on the novel coronavirus affected countries list. According to the reports, almost over 3.7 million people have affected, and 1141,118 died by COVID-19 across the country. Moreover, New York is also registering cases in the three digits in a day.
In an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation, the Czech Republic professional tennis player Petra Kvitova said, “I know a few players will definitely not go if the restrictions are like they are now. I’m still thinking of what everything will look like, what the restrictions will be, how many people we can take, and if they quarantine us.”
Besides, the player’s isolation for 14 days before the event and team member reductions are the main points in the proposed restriction notice by U.S.Open 2020 organizers.
“Playing Without The Fans In Grand Slams, I Can’t Really See It”- Petra Kvitova
Followed by the pandemic, the first Grand Slam will be played without fans in the Flushing Meadows from 31st August to 13th September. Play tennis in an empty stadium will keep the game in a good state but, it will be very difficult players.
On the other hand, World Number Twelve Petra Kvitova is sitting on the fence now for her participation in NYC. The U.S.Open 2020 need to make rules crystal clear for her attendance.
“If that happens and everything is OK I will go for sure to compete but there’s still a chance I will not go. I will decide when I know everything.” Petra Kvitova concluded.
Although, Simona Halep, Ashleigh Barty, Angelique Kerber, Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina, and Kiki Bertens also have raised doubts over their participation in Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.