Former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, who won the US Open in 2016, is the latest top player to say she is not certain about travelling to the United States to play the US Open based on the conditions today.
Angelique Kerber on travelling to the US Open
The 32 year old Kerber was in Bad Homburg for a special doubles match to inaugurate the new grass courts there over the weekend and spoke about the US Open scheduled to take place in New York next month to the German Press Agency.
“As of today, I can honestly say, I can’t imagine it. It is currently incredibly difficult to plan. Nobody knows at the moment what is going to happen and what will happen next. Even if the organisers say that they are playing, it does not mean for me that I also automatically participate.
I don’t think anyone wants to get in a plane and fly to New York. At the moment no one knows what’s happening and how it will go on. The situation should still not be taken lightly, just because it has to start now.
After all, it’s no secret that the numbers are going up in the United States”. Kerber says she will take a look at how the situation unfolds in the United States before making a final decision. There could be a possibility that I or a member of my team could be infected and we’re stuck without knowing how to proceed.
Who knows - perhaps we’ll not play tennis in the next two years. It’s hard to say, maybe we’ll also start again in three weeks”. Several players based outside of the United States have said that they are not sure if they will be able to travel to the United States for the US Open and what the exact restrictions would be at the event as well as what protocols would be followed if a players gets infected.
Another factor to be considered is whether the players would need to quarantine when they come back to Europe after playing in the States. The US Open is scheduled to be held in late August in New York. Although the situation in New York has improved considerably, many other states in the United States are seeing a record number of cases in recent days.
Angelique Kerber is a former world No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam tournaments. She has won 12 career singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour, including the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.
She has also won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is currently ranked No. 21 in the world.