Elise Tamaëla, the coach of Dutch Top 10 star Kiki Bertens, says their team was taken aback by the decision to delay the Roland Garros Grand Slam event to September, in an interview to Telegraaf.nl. Tamaëla says, "We didn't know anything yet.
Whenever it is played, it is already beautiful. The communication was a bit special, but if Kiki can play Roland Garros, please! There will be more decisions about delaying tournaments soon. Perhaps we will hear it sooner. Roland Garros has not waited to submit new performance dates.
They probably think: bad luck for all other tournaments. It is not easy. Everyone works hard to make the best of it. I wonder what else will be decided in the coming weeks. ” The news that the clay court Grand Slam event will be played, even if four months late, should be a boost for the Dutchwoman, who says her favourite surface is clay.
She reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2016. Tamaëla says Bertens likes playing on clay and will not take much time to adapt to the surface change. "You saw that last month with the Fed Cup (Bertens won both her singles against Belarus).
After two days of training on clay, she was already in good shape. Kiki moves very naturally on clay. That is already in her." Most other players reacted with disbelief that the tournament had chosen to announce new dates without consulting the ATP & WTA Tour bodies or any of the other players.