Nine time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova says the situation for tennis players is difficult after the cancelation of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament as they do not know when the tennis circuit will resume.
Navratilova says, "We don't know when this situation will end. No one knows when training can resume. Everyone is in the same boat, but for some it is more difficult than for others. Young people miss a chance to really improve, by facing the highest ranked players.
This is for example the case of Coco Gauff . It is at this age that the greatest progress is made. Middle-aged players are a bit stuck. And then, for the older ones, like Roger Federer or Serena Williams, time is not their friend, they lose a year.
The situation is different for each person. I cannot imagine the situation I would be in if I was still playing, if I was in my thirties and I found myself in this situation. I am a person who needs to have goals, but right now there is not really a goal.
We don't know what's going to happen, we don't know if the next tennis tournament will be contested in September or next year. I think it will be in September at best." As of now, all tennis tournaments till July 12th have been canceled on the ATP, WTA & ITF tours.
Navratilova is a legend in the game - having won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and is considered one of the all-time greats in the sport. She also won 31 major women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 59 major titles, marking the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam titles won by one player, male or female. She currently remains involved in tennis through commentating on the sport.