Belgian tennis star David Goffin revealed the toughest part for him of the 2020 season has been finding motivation to play since there are so many things that affect numerous things. On the opening day of the French Open, No.
11 seed Goffin performed below his level as rising Italian star Jannik Sinner thrashed the Belgian 7-5 6-0 6-3 to reach the second round. Getting regularly tested for the coronavirus and depending on the tests of your results and the results of your staff has been draining for Goffin.
"For me it's the motivation. You feel like kind of worried all the time. Before every tournament you don't know if there will be, like, a wrong test or you will be positive, negative. It's the same for your staff," Goffin said, per Ravi Ubha.
"Every week it's different rules. Every city is different, how to travel with the staff. In your private life also it can be just not easy."
Benoit Paire feels more or less the same as Goffin
France's Benoit Paire made a positive start to his French Open campaign as he saw off rising star Soonwoo Kwon in straight sets 7-5 6-4 6-4 to reach the second round.
But the Frenchman didn't feel particularly happy after his win as something was missing. Last week, Paire tested twice positive for the coronavirus in Hamburg but he was allowed to play the tournament after his third test came back as negative.
Paire is having a hard time dealing with all the rules and protocols and it's taking a toll him. "I'm not exactly beaming with joy. Roland-Garros usually is a celebration and it simply isn’t the same this year without my friends and family to watch me play.
I’m physically and mentally tired. It’s been a tough stretch," Paire said, per Bastien Fachan. Meanwhile, John Isner claimed he was feeling fine on the clay of Roland Garros after his first round win over Elliot Benchetrit.
"With how the clay is now, I think it almost helps me in the sense that the really good movers can't really slide around like they normally can because the clay is really damp. It kind of played like a slow hard court, I thought," Isner said, per Ravi Ubha.
"Conditions like this certainly give me a lot of time, which I do prefer. A lot of people think I prefer playing on fast courts. That's not the case. I much prefer playing on slower courts. I like my serve in any conditions.