Paris (AP) – The three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber hopes for a successful French Open despite the short preparation.
“With two Grand Slam tournaments in just a few weeks, the season after the restart is short and intense. So there is little time to prepare for clay,” the top German tennis player told the German news agency. At the US Open in New York, the 32-year-old from Kiel was eliminated in the round of 16, at the clay tournament in Rome most recently in the first round.
“Ideally I would have liked to have gained a little more competition training on clay, but I remain positive and am happy that the French Open will take place at all,” said Kerber. In the first round, she meets 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan. Kerber is number 22 in the world ranking, Juvan is number 103.
“This year I traveled to Paris earlier to use the days before the tournament to prepare myself. There is not much time to get used to the conditions,” Kerber said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only 1000 spectators per day are allowed at the facility, some professionals have already tested positive beforehand. “Of course I am closely following the current development as the safety of all involved is paramount. It is a great challenge for the organizers to make sure that the French Open is safe, but I am confident that it will happen – as it’s over in New York – will also succeed in Paris under strict hygiene regulations, ”said Kerber.