Two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says her decision to play the upcoming Grand Slam events if they go ahead without fans would be a very tough one, after her recent experience of playing without fans at the Prague Open.
Speaking to the Tennis Channel, the Czech left-hander says, “I do have experience from the tournament we just had here in the Czech Republic and it’s very sad (without fans)."
Petra Kvitova on playing tournaments without fans
The Czechwoman continued, "I’m not really sure how it would be if we played without the fans, how we would handle it, how we would fight, how the emotions will be.
That's really one thing I’m gonna miss so much, we are playing for the fans and the fans are there for us. It would be very difficult to say yes or no, I know there’s many reasons to play and many reasons not to play.
But it’s a bit extreme right now, it will be a very tough decision”. Petra Kvitova is not the only player who has said that it would be difficult to play without fans. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal had also he would rather play with fans but would adapt to the situation is required.
“Well, I am not OK on playing without fans, I want to play with fans. But if the situation is not allowing to play with fans, as everybody, I will adapt to the situation. But of course I hope the situation will improve and I hope we will be able to play with fans very soon.
Tennis and sports without the fans loses almost every single thing”. 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer had also echoed similar views in another interview earlier. "I hope that doesn’t happen. For us, of course, it is possible to play without any fans.
But on the other hand, I really hope that the circuit can return as it normally is. May we wait for the appropriate time to return to normal mode again. At least a third of the stadium or half full. But for me, completely empty when playing in big tournaments is very difficult”.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has said, "I honestly don’t dream to play in front of empty stands, but it looks like that it’s going to be the reality of tennis. We have probably to accept that if we want to continue the tour, then we have to be playing in restricted conditions that will at least allow us to play and compete.
Of course it is not ideal." Petra Kvitova has won 27 career singles titles - including the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and in 2014.