Germany's Angelique Kerber on Thursday sounded a note of caution amid the excitement caused by the announcement that tennis would soon return from pandemic-prompted suspension. Photo: AP Photo/Andy Brownbill
Germany's Angelique Kerber on Thursday sounded a note of caution amid the excitement caused by the announcement that tennis would soon return from pandemic-prompted suspension. Photo: AP Photo/Andy Brownbill

Kerber wary over tennis restart: 'It won't be the US Open we know'

By DPA Time of article published Jun 18, 2020

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STUTTGART - Germany's Angelique Kerber on Thursday

sounded a note of caution amid the excitement caused by the

announcement that tennis would soon return from pandemic-prompted

suspension.

"Of course we all want to play again and to get back to normality as

quickly as possible," the three-time major winner said on the latest

episode of her Generali-sponsored podcast, Lunch-Break mit Angie

Kerber.

"But I think that's only possible if the safety of all participants

is guaranteed, and that's definitely the priority for me."

The leading tennis tours of the ATP and WTA are to resume in August

after a five-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic,

organizers said Wednesday, while the US Open and French Open

grand-slam events were also confirmed.

Women's play is to resume from August 3 with a clay-court tournament

in Palermo, Italy, while the US Open starts August 31 at Flushing

Meadows in New York, which is also to host the usual Cincinnati

Masters tune-up event the week before.

"It's very clear that it won't be the US Open that we know from

previous years," 32-year-old Kerber said. "One thing is clear: It

should be fair for everyone and conditions must be the same for all

female players."

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