The German tennis professionals Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) and Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) have criticized the organizers of the French Open for going it alone in relocating the Grand Slam tournament. “Everyone thinks of themselves. It is a pity that it is still the case in the crisis that we have now,” said Kohlschreiber on Friday Sky.
His Davis Cup colleague Struff was also surprised by the French approach. “I only found out about the move through the social networks, which I find simply incredible,” said the 29-year-old RTL / ntvEDITOR: “Every player was surprised by the move. The French Open are now at the same time as the Laver Cup which is already sold out is not good news for tennis. “
Corona forces improvisation
The organizers of the French Open, which were supposed to take place in Paris from May 24th to June 7th, apparently had the most famous clay tennis tennis tournament on Tuesday without consultation with other tournament organizers or associations for the period from September 20 to July 4. October relocated. Because of the corona pandemic, game play on the ATP men’s tour and the WTA women’s tour will be suspended until at least June 7th.
Dealing with the corona crisis is not easy for the professionals either. “We are all extremely badly affected by this, it has never happened before,” said Kohlschreiber: “There is no enemy that can be fought, he is floating somewhere in the air or there are carriers.” At Struff, improvisation is the main focus during training. “My trainer controls my exercises via Facetime so that I don’t do anything wrong now,” he said: “In addition, I get my training plan online with precise exercises that I can do at home.”