German Philipp Kohlschreiber says although he has been able to resume training under the strict guidelines in Germany, he finds it difficult to motivate himself due to the uncertainty about when the tour will resume. In an interview with Abendzeitung, Kohlschreiber says, You play again, but you have no goal in mind.
It is extremely difficult for me to maintain motivation and to say: "I am now working hard!" The scenario for tennis internationally does not look rosy. There is currently no way (to resume early)." The German adds on, "I enjoyed the first few weeks because I hadn't been home much because of the many trips.
But the uncertainty made me think a lot about the future. In 15 years I was home three or four times for six weeks. But that was something else: you are injured, annoyed, maybe in pain. After a torn muscle fiber, I was on crutches for three weeks: you are of no use anyway.
Now I have full energy, I am healthy - and I can't do anything. Of course I was happy when training on the court was possible again after four weeks without a tennis racket. But now I've been playing for three weeks and I'm like, "What if it only starts in six months?" Kohlschreiber says the situation has also made him reconsider his retirement plans.
"I don't know which is the best age for this situation. Sure, a 17-year-old has a career ahead of him, but the boys cannot gain important experience at this age. I know that I am at an age when time is playing against me.
But maybe the older ones are more relaxed. I might have wanted to end my career at the end of the year, but maybe now I feel like saying: "Nah! I still have so much fun that I might want to play for two more years."
The 36 year old is also looking at what his life after retirement would look like. "Maybe I can help young people - if they want the tips. And otherwise? Maybe one can become a tournament director somewhere. But one would have to stop first.
The current ones are all doing a very good job. Or Davis Cup: who knows what it will look like in the future? Michael Kohlmann does a great job there too. But if the opportunity arises: Why not?" The former World No. 16, who is currently ranked No.
74 in the world, says, he would be open to playing tennis without spectators if it meant an earlier return to the courts for players. "Something would be missing, but in the current situation I would kiss it with my hand. I can do without ball children and line judges. We can do without a lot if we can only measure ourselves again."