Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova has said that she would rather play the US Open Grand Slam tournament behind closed doors as compared to not playing the tournament at all, in an interview to the Telegraph Sport.
Karolina Pliskova says women are used to play in empty stadiums, unlike Roger Federer
The tennis tour has been shutdown currently due to the current pandemic and it may resume later in the year, the earliest being the first week of August.
However, whether the fans are allowed to attend tournaments when they resume still remains a question mark given the new social distancing norms prescribed by experts to deal with the COVID virus. Speaking to Telegraph Sport, 28 year old Pliskova says, "No matter how or what conditions, it's better to play some matches than not play anything.
Everybody has different opinions, and we always play for the people and for the fans." "We can have matches where there is nobody. If you play at 1am, then there's not many people anyway. Maybe Roger, he never experienced that, but I think me and the girls overall have had experience of nobody [in the stands], or only a couple of people."
Pliskova is currently in the Czech Republic and will be playing in the LiveScore Cup in Prague on Wednesday in her first event since February. “If you can get stuck in Czech Republic it's not so bad, because you can make a competition.
The [women’s] players are top players, there's Petra [Kvitova], there's Barbora Strycova, there's eight players in [the] top 100, so the level is still good. To have some matches is great, no matter against who, but especially against these girls where I know they are a good level."
Karolina Plískova has won 16 singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour. She reached the final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets. In earlier interviews, Roger Federer and Petra Kvitova had both mentioned that they would find it difficult to play in an empty stadium and hoped that fans would be allowed when the tour resumes.
Federer is a 20 time Grand Slam champion - the most by any male tennis player in history while Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion.