New York (AP) – The German tennis player Andrea Petkovic has justified her waiver of the US Open with the fear of a possible quarantine.
“I spent a whole week thinking about what to do, whether to fly or not,” said the 32-year-old from Darmstadt of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. In the end, the “combination of risk, corona, long-haul flight and the knee” tipped the scales, revealed the former top ten player, who had a knee operation at the beginning of the year.
“What I was most afraid of was that, for whatever reason, I would test positive there and have to be quarantined, which would put the players in spatial quarantine for fourteen days if the worst came to the worst. Then I wouldn’t be in Europe for them Clay court tournaments have come, which are my hobbyhorse, especially the French Open, which I really want to play, “said Petkovic. “Besides, my sister is getting married in mid-September, so I didn’t really want to be in quarantine in New York.”
The Hessin admitted, however, that it was a “fity-fity” decision. When more and more players canceled the Grand Slam tournament, “I thought: Hey, maybe you have a chance to get really far. My emotions really wanted to play and take the chance. But my head was against it in the end. It was a close win. It was about 0.5 percent, “said Petkovic.