German Jan-Lennard Struff says he is happy that the professional tennis events are resuming in August but adds that the health and safety of all those involved in playing and organising the events must be ensured.
Jan-Lennard Struff on the resumption of the tennis circuit
Speaking to The Bild, the 30-year-old Struff says, “I am happy that the tournaments are taking place.
But security is paramount and must be guaranteed for everyone involved. But I definitely want to go back to the court. I think it's very good that the tournaments are trying so hard to be held and drafting appropriate standards.
We have to travel a lot, it is very difficult and different than, for example, in the Bundesliga, where a specific quarantine was designed. It has to be handled fairly. The new ranking system that will be available gives players the choice to decide for themselves.
It is important for tennis and everyone involved that the tour be resumed as soon as possible under safe conditions." The men's ATP Tour is scheduled to return in early August as of now. Struff will be playing the exhibition events in Berlin this week and says he is looking forward to playing some matches once again.
"It is definitely difficult to play matches after a long time. Match practice goes away quickly. It takes a little time to get back in. Getting the rhythm is very important. I trained a little, but not as intensely as before and only two or three times a week.
But it was difficult without a goal. Later I trained with Marterer, Stebe, Hanfmann and Kohlschreiber in Munich to get back on speed. " The German adds that he was happy to spend time at home with his family during the break and experience things he would never have done otherwise.
"I spent time with my family. I was very grateful to be with Madeleine and our son for a long time. When you are out and about, you cannot experience many things with the little one. It was very special to see his first steps.
” Jan-Lennard Struff reached his career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 33 in July 2019. In doubles, he achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 21 in October 2018. He is currently No. 34 in the ATP rankings and has won 3 ATP doubles titles in his career so far.