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Tennis: Roger Federer and Serena Williams not be able to retire by the coronavirus

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The yellow ball no longer bounces in the court, the rackets are saved and the fields deserted. A scenario unthinkable in tennis, before the spread of the coronavirus that has hit the world and obviously also into the sport.

 

 
Several tournaments had to be postponed, others cancelled as Wimbledon and evaluate scenarios that are going to not play in the remainder of the year, which would hurt some of their main stars.

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The president of the ATP, the Italian Andrea Gaudenzihe told Corriere della Sera that there is still no date of return. “No one knows when we will come back to compete. On the 9th of march we cancel Indian Wells by the rule of ‘first health and safety’ and we don’t propose to play behind closed doors. We are talking about dates hypothetical.

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Now, also Open the united States is considering to postpone the tournament this year. It all depends on the virus. No one can exclude the deferment of tennis until January of 2021, that we go back to play the Australian Open”.

This pessimistic scenario does also think of some players who could be playing his last season. What this measure could mean the early retirement of some players? For example, in the male branch, is the case of Roger Federer, who is 38 years old and has dodged questions on when to finally retire the racquet, although it was said that he could be this year.

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310 weeks as number 1, 20 Grand Slam titles, winner of the Davis Cup with Switzerland and olympic medalist. A career as a to put in a box but you could have an unexpected shutdown by the coronavirus.

In the female branch, Serena Williams still has a goal outstanding: to match Margaret Court as the player most successful in history with 24 titles Grand Slam.

The u.s. was looking for this season to find that title. With 38 years, the cancellation of Wimbledon it’s bad news, although by now the Roland Garros has been postponed to September and in the same month could compete for the US Open although everything will depend on what you decide ATP although health remains the first.

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“The Grand Slam and the End of London have priority. Getting to London with three Grand Slam played and tournament Masters 1000 would be fine. We are working to a timetable hypothetical, with the end-point fi jo.

The O2 Arena London -stadium where is played the contest which gathers the best tennis players of the year – is only available from 15 to 22 November,” says Gaudenzi, giving a window of hope.

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The weather will determine if the ball will give jackpots on the pitch, while the table has remained static with Novak Djokovic as number 1 and with the uncertainty of knowing if the one you saw was the last game of a great like Federer or Serena.

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‘I was down’: Federer had hard time before 2nd knee surgery

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Roger Federer never seriously contemplated retirement while he was away from the tennis tour for more than a year. He did have a hard time dealing with the need for a repeat operation on his bad right knee, though.

“I was down. Obviously I couldn’t believe I had to do a second one,” Federer said Sunday ahead of his appearance at the Qatar Open. “This is definitely a moment where you maybe question a little bit more.”

The 39-year-old Federer’s first match since the 2020 Australian Open will come Wednesday in Doha against Dan Evans or Jeremy Chardy.

Federer’s first procedure on his right knee occurred in February 2020. That knee kept swelling up after bike rides or walks with his four children; he announced in June that he had had a second surgery.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will monitor how this comeback goes over the next several months and then assess things.

“I know it’s more on the rare side for almost a 40-year-old to come back after almost a year being out. And I was surprised how long it took. But I took a decision quite early with the team that I wanted to take the time, no rush, to get back onto the tour,” he said. “Important is that I’m injury-free, pain-free, and I can actually enjoy myself out there on tour. So we’ll see how it goes now. I’m curious myself to find out.”

What seemed clear from Federer’s session with reporters on Sunday: Wimbledon is what matters the most to him at this point.

He has won a men’s-record eight titles at the All England Club and came oh-so-close to a ninth in the 2019 final there, holding two championship points before eventually losing to Novak Djokovic in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Wimbledon was canceled last year for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is scheduled to be played June 28 to July 11.

“I know I need to go back to training after here again,” said Federer, who pulled out of the Miami Open later this month. “So from this standpoint, it’s still a building up to being stronger, better, fitter, faster and all that stuff. I hope, then, by Wimbledon, I’m going to be 100%, and from then on, then the season really starts for me. Everything until then, it’s just ‘Let’s see how it goes.’”

He is curious what travel and tournament life will be like during a pandemic — “bubble life, quarantines all around, the whole mask situation” — and, most of all, how his repaired knee handles competition.

“That’s really the only concern I have: Is the knee going to hold up? As of now, I’m not sure,” Federer said. “I did everything I possibly could.”

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Serena Williams & More Celebs React To Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Interview With Oprah

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s two hour tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey shocked everyone when the couple revealed what it was like being senior members of the royal family and why they chose to step back. They openly spoke about their current relationships with their royal family members, the deep personal struggles they faced while living in London and their hopes for the future as the become a family of four. One of Meghan’s closest friends, Serena Williams, praised her with a powerful note but she wasn’t the only famous person her take on the bombshell interview. Celebrities, sports stars, journalists and more are reacting on social media.

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Serena Williams called Meghan Markle ‘truly noble’ after her tell-all interview – see inside their 7-year friendship

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They may be the greatest tennis player of all time and the first American to marry into the royal family in decades (and the first to leave in decades), but Serena Williams and Meghan Markle have remained loyal friends since their first real hang out in 2014.

Since then, the two have became close confidantes, with Markle regularly attending Williams’ tennis matches, and Williams defending her friend from the mountain of negative attention she’s received since 2017. After Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Williams took to Instagram to call her friend “truly noble.”

Keep scrolling to learn more about their sweet, yet private, friendship.

February 2010: Williams and Markle meet at the Super Bowl in Miami.

Markle wrote on her now-defunct blog The Tig that the two crossed paths for the first time in Miami during the 2010 Super Bowl. But it would take a few more years for their friendship to blossom.

February 2014: They become friends while playing in the DirecTV Beach Bowl.

Markle, who was then starring on “Suits,” and Williams crossed paths again at the event, playing flag football together at a celebrity game.

“We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girlie stuff. So began our friendship,” Markle would write later on The Tig.

September 2014: Markle congratulates Williams on Twitter for winning the US Open, and their friendship grows.

Markle shared more about their friendship on The Tig: “She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down-to-earth chick I was able to grab lunch with just a couple weeks ago in Toronto.”

She added, “We are both the same age, have a penchant for hot sauces, and adore fashion, but what connects us more than those things is perhaps our belief in exceeding expectations — our endless ambition.”

January 2015: Markle once again congratulates Williams on winning, this time the Australian Open.

“So happy for you @serenawilliams!! I was juuuust hugging you for your win at #usopen. Now @AustralianOpen! #onfire,” Markle tweeted alongside a photo of them hugging at the US Open.

September 2016: Markle posts a funny photo of the two at Fashion Week and congratulates Williams for her line.

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