Mar 29, 2020 -- 5:31AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
Tennis.Life @tennislifenews6hAfter six months, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and coach Sam Sumyk have split up. The Russian offers insight in a fascinating interview with Russian website Kommersant.http://ow.ly/ubgy50yYLDBoh no
- You are on the board of WTA players. What can you say about the decision of the organizers of Roland Garros to postpone the tournament to the fall, which caused a powerful resonance?
- So far, nothing is clear to the end. Just yesterday, I called up at the WTA office in Florida and talked until midnight. In addition to me, the board of players includes American Sloan Stevens, Madison Keyes and Christy Ahn, British Johanna Comte, Serb Sasha Krunich and Croatian Donna Vekic. Separately, I communicate with Austrian Jürgen Meltzer from the ATP players council. We periodically correspond with each other about the decisions they make. Since many WTA and ATP tournaments are held simultaneously, questions should also be discussed together.
Tomorrow we call up a Frenchwoman, Natalie Deshey, who works with Roland Garros director Guy Forge. As far as I understand, they might have problems with tournament insurance, but this is only an assumption. The French insist on holding the tournament starting September 20, it is not possible to choose another date. However, the organizers of the US Open, which should be completed just a week before, also do not want to move yet.
In general, we on the board of players do not yet understand how the situation will be resolved. In addition, unfortunately, none of us can control many things.
- How do you feel about the recent initiative of the 371st racket of the world by Georgian Sofia Shapatava regarding the fact that the ATP and WTA should separately support financially low-ranking players?
- Of course, we want to help such players. Although not only they lose money. Nobody will pay us while we sit at home and play. Now everyone is in the same situation.
If tournaments start in June, this is one story. And if in the worst case scenario everything is postponed to next year, it’s completely different.
- After reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, you have not played for some time due to injury. How is your physical condition now?
- I think that in my hip injury there is a little fault of my former trainer Sam Sumik, as well as a physical training coach. Over the course of my career, apart from my shoulder, nothing has ever hurt me. I think the training process and the schedule of participation in tournaments were incorrectly planned. A few weeks after returning from Melbourne, I defeated Belinda Bencic, the fourth racket of the world, in Dubai, but I couldn’t really play the next match against Anette Contaveit. She withdrew from tournaments in Doha and Lyon in order to prepare well for Indian Wells, but the situation with the coronavirus began to unfold there. Now I’ve already recovered and I feel much better.
May 1, 2020 -- 3:42PM, edy wrote:
Women's tennis will finally re-open on a local level in the United States with the UTR Pro Match Series. The first event is scheduled in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 22-24 and will feature Anisimova, Riske, Collins and Tomljanovic. The event will be televised by the Tennis Channel.The ATP version of the UTR will start on May 8