Petra Kvitova joined the numerous voices from the tennis world which stepped forward with advice for their fans in order to combat the coronavirus crisis. The Czech world number 12 was eager to gain some precious points at the Indian Wells Masters before she found out that WTA cancelled every tennis tournament taking place in the next six weeks.
“It’s time to leave Indian Wells and head back to Europe. It has been a surreal week here in California, but I’m so happy to see that the health and safety of players, staff and fans has been the priority.
We are tennis players and our job is far less important than those on the frontline fighting this virus. We will play tennis again so please stay calm and in the meantime, let’s look after each other and take the right steps to contain the virus so we can be back soon.
Big hugs, Petra” wrote Kvitova on Instagram. This sudden interruption of the WTA tour will have different effects on every player, so the ones who can keep working out and calibrating their shots while not having any competition near sight will probably be the most advantaged when the season restarts.
Zooming in on Kvitova’s shape, we can see that she has started 2020 in a pretty good form and the break caused by the coronavirus outbreak could damage her shape. Petra reached the semifinals stage in Brisbane, climbed up to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and fought directly for the Doha trophy — losing to Aryna Sabalenka in two sets.