After not being able to get back on the court and play for over five months, Madison Keys seems to miss Tennis more than she thought. The Coronavirus pandemic has put all the Tennis events on hold for the past five months. The last tournament the American star played was the Australian Open.
The 25-year-old explained how the lockdown felt like a blessing in the initial days. But has now left players more eager than ever to get back on the court.
“Many players might have welcomed the break in the beginning.” She explained: “We were all thinking: ‘Oh, I love some weeks at home after being on the road for so long. Those pressure moments and matches are so stressful. Now we’re all like: ‘Please put me on a center court. ‘Even on those days where you lose, you get to go out and compete and play a sport that you love. It was just something that we took for granted before.”
“The Toughest Thing Is Going To Be Just Getting Back Out There”- Madison Keys
In the middle of Coronavirus pandemic, 2017 US Open Runner-Up participated in the Women’s Invitational Tennis Championships in Charleton last month. Also, She defeated the 2020 Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin in a match.
As per Keys, then it would be tough to mentally get ready to compete again and go through all the nerve-wracking moments.
“The toughest thing is going to be just getting back out there,” the former world number seven said. “It’s been a few months, so it’s going to take some time to get back out there.
It’s probably going to be pretty difficult for all of us to manage those nerves and get back into that mentality of playing matches. I don’t think many of us outside of having an injury have gone this long without that level of competition.” Keys added, quoted by tennis head.
In conclusion, with things starting to get back to normal, it wouldn’t be long before the players will have to get ready to compete again!