Tennis expert Barry Cowan says Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer may be one the players most affected in case the All England Club decides to cancel the Wimbledon Championships this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many expect the tournament to be canceled and the All England Club has said they would hold an Emergency Board meeting on Wednesday 1st April to take a call on this year's event.
Cowan says the long lay off will benefit the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray Speaking to Sky Sports, Cowan says, "I along with many other people thought 'well who is it actually going to benefit?'
I actually think it benefits Djokovic and Nadal. It will benefit [Andy] Murray because it will give him a little longer to recover. Andy made an incredible comeback at the end of last year. I think for Federer, when you have played 20 years and then don't hit tennis balls for a month or two, it's not going to make any difference - as he showed a couple of years ago.
But there comes a time at his age when you actually need to play competitively. Otherwise potentially the body might slow down. Federer will be the one concern for me. I think for Djokovic and Nadal they will come back even stronger.
With that I think the younger guys aren't conditioned to taking longer periods away. Nadal and Djokovic have become masters of that, they can still play terrific tennis." Cown continues, "What about Serena Williams? What will Serena do because she is trying to chase the holy grace of overtaking Margaret Court with the amount of Grand Slams, she is currently one behind.
It is a decision where players are having to make longer terms and not necessarily know when they are going to be back at the beginning of August, September or October. There have been some people saying they don't see the tennis season happening until the beginning of next year."