We are all waiting to understand these days when professional tennis will be able to start again. This week, in fact, two video-conferences are scheduled to discuss the future of the season, pending the USTA to communicate its final decision regarding the conduct of the US Open.
Novak Djokovic called the protocols advanced for the tournament in New York to be "extreme and impossible" and even the World number 2 Rafael Nadal did not seem too happy at the idea of going to the 'Big Apple' during this period.
Roger Federer is still struggling with rehabilitation from the right knee surgery he underwent last February. In an interview on Tennis Channel to promote his 'Ultimate Tennis Showdown', Patrick Mouratoglou explained that Big 3 and Serena Williams will have a great chance when the tour resumes.
Mouratoglou: 'Big 3 and Serena Williams will need less time'
"We've seen in the past, Roger win a Grand Slam after 6 months of being injured...they’re the only ones who are able to do that. So, in a way, I think they will be the less in trouble because of what happened," Patrick Mouratoglou said.
"The older players who have so much experience, such as Serena and of course Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, will need less time to get back to their best level because they don’t need as much competition as the other players," Mouratoglou added.
"I think it’s more difficult for a young player because they are so hungry. They feel that things are going well, they think they’re getting better day after day. They’re so ambitious because they feel the tennis world will belong to them.
So it’s difficult to stop and not be able to continue to rise," he concluded. The Ultimate Tennis Showdown, hosted by Patrick Mouratoglou at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in the South of France, promises great show. The field of participants in the Mouratoglou Academy is impressive: It is led by Stefanos Tsitsipas, plus David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Benoit Paire, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Richard Gasquet, Matteo Berrettini, youngster Alexei Popyrin and, yes, Dustin Brown.
A place is still open, rumored about the participation of Dominic Thiem. Which, however, also has other obligations (Thiem's 7 in Kitzbühel and an exhibition fight in Berlin). “It’s a real competition and it’s a new tour,” Patrick said.
“The players are going to win points, they’re going to earn prize money. And at the end of the year there will be a champion. “So they’re going to really compete with the same motivation as if they were playing a tournament”.
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