German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff has received a special permit to start training again amidst the coronavirus crisis. According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Struff has received permission from the regional sports association in North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of last week.
Struff says, "I can understand that such exemptions for athletes are viewed critically by the rest of the population in the current situation. But it's also my job. And we have strict requirements." The World No.
34 had initially stopped playing tennis due to the coronavirus epidemic but says he applied for special permission to play two or three times a week with his coach Carsten Arriens while maintaining social distancing and other requirements.
The 29 year old German says, "That's (playing two or three times) enough. It's the small steps that feel right in these times." As of now, the tennis season is suspended until July 12th and the resumption of the tennis circuit is under question for now due to the ongoing global health crisis.
Speaking of the financial strain due to the lack of tournaments, Struff, who has won more than $5 million in prize money, says he is not worried at the moment but does agree that for players ranked lower, the same would be a problem.
"From a position in the world rankings of 100 or maybe 150, it will probably be problematic. These players will first have to do without traveling with their coaches and physiotherapists. A cycle will be set in motion, and many will fall by the wayside."