Indian Tennis Superstar Sania Mirza has said that restarting of Tennis tour next month looks difficult in the aftermath of what happened to Novak Djokovic and others during Adria Tour event.
Sania Mirza said this during an Interview with Hindustan Times. Apart from dwelling on various aspects of her and Tennis, Mirza also spoke about return of Tennis amid global pandemic of Coronavirus.
“From what I’ve heard, they are trying to (go ahead). Honestly, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. It’s difficult for me sitting here to predict something that’s going to happen across the world in two months and assess the situation there. But realistically, after what happened at the Adria Tour, I do believe that people are going to think about it (returning to the tour) a few times. This is a health risk, it is no joke. We’ll just have wait and watch, because it’s like we’re living day-to-day now,” Sania Mirza said about return of Tour.
“I don’t know if I’m going to say that it is a timely lesson that the tennis community needed to learn by some of our top players in the world testing positive. I don’t think we needed that. I wish none of them had tested positive, because I know of at least 10-15 people in my close proximity who have tested positive, and a couple of them have not made it. So it is tough, ” She further said.
About holding of US Open in New York later this year, she said, “It’s difficult for any of us to say that ‘yes, we’re for it (US Open)’. We’re sitting in India, our borders are still shut and we don’t know when they’re going to open. We’ll have to wait and watch if it’s going to happen or not—it’s two months away and cases are still rising all over the world. But most definitely, without the qualifying, half the doubles draw and no mixed, it’s a tough call. The beauty of Grand Slams is the fact that you have mixed doubles and qualifying. I have played singles qualifying myself and qualified a couple of times in Grand Slams. It is an achievement in itself to just make it to that main draw after grinding in those three rounds”.
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