Nicola Kuhn: Forced times help us to think and value important things in life



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Nicola Kuhn: Forced times help us to think and value important things in life

Rising Spanish star Nicola Kuhn, 20, says we should use this time to think and value the important things in life. On March 12, the ATP suspended the Tour for six weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. Just over a week later, the ATP and WTA extended the suspension of tours through to June 7.

Now this Wednesday, the ATP and WTA further extended the suspension of tours until at least July 13. Kuhn, the 2017 French Open boys' singles champion, insists he will work extremely hard to succeed when tennis activities resume.

"Forced times to think and value the important things in life, to stay home and help as long as possible to control this pandemic," Kuhn said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. "Our dreams and goals are in the background today, today the most important (thing) is saving lives.

This doesn't mean we forget about them but just stay aside for a while. I'm sure that as soon as this goes through, that it will, we will be back fighting harder than ever!" Kuhn, ranked at No. 231 in the world, made a bad start to the new season but his form was improving just before the season got suspended.

The 20-year-old Spaniard started the season with four consecutive losses but made the Koblenz Challenger semifinal in his last tournament played. After achieving a career-high ranking of No. 174 in the world last October, Kuhn failed to sustain the same level of play and his rankings dropped. The Spaniard had a promising junior career and his next goal will be establishing himself on the ATP Tour.