Serbian tennis player Miomir Kecmanovic says he was shocked to learn about the cancelation of the Indian Wells Masters Series event when it first happened, in an interview to SportKulb. The 20 year old Serbian youngster comments, "At first when I saw the news I was shocked, but on the other hand it was a situation that was expected sooner or later.
The situation was getting worse all over the world and it was very irresponsible for the tournament to be held. (…) When I heard about the suspension of Indian Wells, I immediately went to Serbia because I knew the situation was going to get worse."
The ATP Tour has decided to freeze the rankings for the next few weeks till the tour resumes as of now, which is something the Serbian had wanted when he gave the interview. "I think the fairest thing would be to freeze the points.
Right now, there are no tournaments and it would be unfair to get points as the weeks go by without us being able to defend them. One of the most disadvantaged is me since, by taking the points I won last year at Indian Wells, I will get out of the top 50.
I hope that the ATP does what is right and that it freezes the points. We still don't know when they will make that decision, but I hope it will be quickly." Speaking about the COVID-19 outbreak in his city and Europe, Kecmanovic says, "The situation in Europe and around the world is quite worrying.
Here in my city we still don't have any contaminated people and, in that sense, we left the house, but with a lot of precautions. It is a matter of time and in these next days we will be able to see the first positive cases."