German tennis player Andrea Petkovic says she will play in 2021 as well as she wants to play the tournaments and say goodbye. The 32 year old Petkovic had earlier stated that she will probably hang up her rackets at the end of the 2020 season but with the tennis tour being in limbo these days, she says she will play next year as well.
Speaking to Süddeutsche Zeitung, the former Top 10 player says, "2020 should be a year of decay that is more likely to fail will be hanging on for another year. I want to leave the tournaments and say goodbye."
Petkovic has not played a tournament this year due to knee injuries and underwent an operation in February. All events on the WTA Tour & ATP Tour have been canceled till 7th June at least and there may be more cancelations depending on how the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds.
The German has been working as a moderator on ZDF over the past few months. Meanwhile, during the tennis shutdown, Petkovic is following an online book club, Racquet Book Club, and is urging people to read more rather than watching Netflix.
Petkovic peaked at No. 9 in October 2011, after reaching the quarterfinals of three Grand Slam events that year. She has won six WTA titles, nine ITF singles titles and three ITF doubles titles. She won the season-ending tennis tournament WTA Tournament of Champions in 2014 and was also the German national champion in 2007 and 2009 and is coached by Eric van Harpen.