In an interview with Tennis Channel Live, two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, said the possibility of playing the US Open without fans is very sad.
During her interview with Steve Weissman and Lindsay Davenport on Monday, Kvitova was asked how she feels about playing a Grand Slam without fans.
“So we’ve talked about the US Open potentially starting and going ahead with no fans, with all these rules in effect. How do you feel like it would be to play a Grand Slam under some of those conditions, and would you be open to it?” Davenport asked.
“It’s a very tough decision to make for sure. I know they want to hold it. It would be very tough for me to play a Grand Slam without the fans,” Kvitova answered.
“I do have experience from the tournament we just had here in the Czech Republic and it’s very sad. I’m not really sure how it would be if we played a Grand Slam without the fans. How are we going to handle it? How are we going to fight? The emotions won’t be there.”
“There’s certainly one thing that I’m going to miss so much emotionally. To play tennis we are playing for the fans and the fans are there for us and that’s a really big connection. So, I’m not sure how we can handle it playing without the fans.”
“It would be very difficult to say yes or no for sure. I know there are many reasons to play and many reasons not to play. But, it’s a bit extreme right now, so it will be a very tough decision.”
Whether or not the US Open will be held at all is still yet to be determined, but if it is, it will be interesting to see who competes in the tournament. Many top players including Rafael Nadal have voiced their concerns and disinterests in competing at the US Open.
A decision on the tournament, should be made within the next week.
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