French tennis star Alize Cornet says that she hopes the Roland Garros tournament would be able to be played in September as that would indicate a victory over the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview to the TennisActu website, Cornet says her initial reaction to the postponement of the tournament was of disbelief since the players learned about it on Twitter.
"My first reaction was to ask myself "What is this thing?", All players learn about it on the internet, on Twitter. Communication was very poorly done, even the Federation admitted that communication was not good.
It was announced a bit suddenly, without agreeing with the other organizations. ATP, WTA, ITF everyone was taken aback. It's a little forcing, that's what bothers me. Then I had a second reaction saying to myself "Great we have a date for Roland, it's great!" If Roland Garros can go on, it would be the victory of the 2020 season.
If we all find ourselves at Roland Garros in September, that will mean that we have defeated COVID and that we will be able to resume our activity and that is what everyone wants. Now it's limited "let's hope that Roland will take place!" no matter how it was done."
Cornet says she is not sure about when and how the circuit will resume and hopes that the entire season is not cancelled. "I admit that I don't know what to think about it anymore ... The evolution has been so incredible.
A month and a half ago, I was still playing the tournament in Lyon. There are so many things that have happened ... We have no visibility on what will happen in the coming weeks, in the coming months ... All I want is that we at least have the opportunity to play Roland-Garros.
And I'm quite optimistic because it's still the end of September. There should be resolutions taken by then and an evolution too. I find it hard to believe in a white 2020 season, without tennis. It would be a bad for everyone, even for tennis enthusiasts.
It wouldn't be good for player and fan morale" The former World No. 11 says that she is keeping herself busy doing things she would not otherwise have time for. "I am in good health which is not the case for everyone.
We still see a lot of people around us being affected by the Corona. My family and I are doing very well so that is the good news. And then I live this confinement very well. I feel really good in my life, taking a break and taking a little time at home, it's really very beneficial to me.
I do a lot of things that I don't usually have the time to do. This has allowed me to make a real break in this life that we have the tennis players. There is one thing that I am super rigorous about, which is that I play sports every day.
I have taken only one or two days of rest since the start of confinement, but I really try to stick to 90 mins of sport per day minimum. Of course, this is just physical preparation because I can't play tennis. I do physical preparation at home, in my garage, I invent lots of exercises.
I read a lot, I write a lot on a lot of different things. It is really one of my passions so I spend a lot of time there. I am confined with my companion, we play board games, we enjoy life a little. He works remotely so he's pretty busy.
We try to take time for ourselves and finally the days pass really quickly." The Frenchwoman has also said that she has written a book based on her life and travels on the circuit, which she hopes to release at the French Open.