John Fitzgerald: 'Roger Federer and Serena Williams will suffer in Majors if..'



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John Fitzgerald: 'Roger Federer and Serena Williams will suffer in Majors if..'

Due to a coronavirus, the tennis season has been halted since the beginning of March, with no action at least until the second part of July but probably for much longer. Thus, Wimbledon had to be canceled for the first time since 1945 and it is uncertain what will happen with the US Open and Roland Garros, especially with the current situation in New York.

That means the Australian Open could be the only Major held in 2020, which would be a significant blow for veterans like Roger Federer and Serena Williams who will both turn 39 in a couple of months. Serena and Roger would have been among the favorites at Wimbledon and they will have to wait for another year to play at the All England Club, a task that will not be easy in their age against much younger opponents out there.

Serena has been seeking that elusive 24th Major title ever since the Australian Open 2017 when she claimed the 23rd, taking a break to give a berth to a daughter Olympia and losing all four Major finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019.

Former Australian Davis Cup captain amd the winner of all four Majors in doubles John Fitzgerald believes it would be hard for the American to stay on Margaret Court's path and chase that 24th Major crown in 2021 if we don't get any Major tournament in the rest of current season.

"In recent times, Serena has struggled to win on that final day at a Grand Slam," Fitzgerald said. "If she doesn't get the opportunity in the next few months to play another couple of Grand Slams, then her chance of catching Margaret Court in terms of pure numbers, it may disappear into the ether.

It remains to be seen if her body can hold up at her age. I'm not disrespectful here; it's an aging, athletic body. She's one of the greatest players we've ever seen and has the record in the modern era to make claims of being the greatest player ever.

But, will she be able to catch Margaret Court's record in numbers? That's a question for her and she'll be suffering in some ways, I think along with Roger Federer, in terms of thinking about her final record."