27 year old Argentine Paula Ormaechea says that the suspension of the tennis circuit may extend for some more time and she feels that until June or July things will be complicated worldwide. In an interview to La Nacion, Ormaechea talks about the implications of the suspension on the players rankings, in an Olympic year.
"I do not know how they are going to handle that topic because it is not easy, it is not something minor. If they freeze the ranking and they play again, what are they going to do? What will happen to those who defended points? The decision is super tough.
Points are defended every week. If you did not have the possibility to do it, it is unfair that you lose them. The ATP canceled tennis for six weeks, the WTA not yet; I get emails saying that they are solving it week after week.
It is crazy. When Europe is getting better, everything that is America will be worse and tennis will have to be cut too. For me this is going to go a long way, until June or July it will be complicated worldwide. Japan says that it does not want to suspend the dates yet for the Olympics.
There are a lot of classifications that could not be done yet. I understand the investment of millions, millions and millions of dollars, but this goes further. The world economy is being damaged, so an Olympic Games are clearly not the most important thing.
For tennis it is a hit too. Many sponsors will be affected. The bigger tournaments maybe not, but the smaller ones yes. I am intrigued to know what will happen. It is not good for anyone." Speaking about the interruptions to her daily schedule and traveling, Ormaechea says, "We have an isoinercial exercise apparatus to prevent injuries, we do everything we can with rubber and ropes, also TRX training.
The idea is to try not to stop, because as soon as everything is resolved you have to be as good as possible. I can't play tennis, Luciano can't play volleyball, so we just do some physical activity and nothing else.
Unfortunately here I don't have a wall to hit with the ball; the racket is fully stowed. For now we are doing well. Luciano is calmer, but I need to move. They studied him and his companions; in these hours they had a videoconference, they talked about the possibility of starting to train two and with medical controls, in the gym.
They were interrupted by the championship and the Champions League and it is uncertain when they will restart. They dont know anything." The Argentine player is currently in Perugia,Italy and says they avoid getting out as much as possible - limiting themselves to the supermarket if they need urgent supplies.
"We go to the supermarket, although we try to go out only if we need urgent things, because the market is the worst place for contagion. In fact, I believe that the first case of coronavirus in Perugia was that of a supermarket cashier.
The good thing is that there is no lack of merchandise; replenished every day. People, in that sense, are calm. There is no paranoia, at least so far. The same, they say that the peak of contagion has not yet arrived. With Luciano we said: 'What will increase the alcohol in gel in Argentina'
This does not happen here: you find gel and at the same price as before. On the street they are doing police checks and they are getting strict. The only way to stop the virus is to be at home. It can be boring, but worse would be being infected and having to recover."
Speaking about the situation back home in Argentina, Ormaechea says, "We keep in touch every day. My parents are at Sunchales. My mom is super worried. One, what she does is recommend things that we are already living for.
With all those who speak in Argentina I tell them: 'Go ahead of what is happening and start taking care of yourself' To all the tennis friends and colleagues I have, I tell you what they do here. 'Don't take it lightly, do your best, take care of yourself and your grandparents,' I tell them, trying to give some advice.
I think that in Argentina some things are being taken very lightly, because until you start to get serious you look at the distance, as happened here. People took it that way. We thought it was stupid, it was a small virus, but the contagion does not stop and goes on very large scales."