Azarenka nervous about followers at French Open | Tennis Information

Former world primary Victoria Azarenka has questioned why the French Open is permitting spectators to attend the two-week event regardless of rising COVID-19 an infection charges in France.
Talking forward of the event the 31-year-old Belarusian mentioned she was stunned the claycourt Grand Slam was permitting 1,000 followers every day and never following the lead of the current U.S. Open that excluded spectators all through.
“To be sincere, I am a bit of bit nervous about it simply because I really feel like, as all gamers are, a bit of bit nervous concerning the well being scenario,” Azarenka instructed reporters.
“Having followers and taking part in in entrance of followers is what we desire as gamers, however with these circumstances I am a bit extra nervous about that. I do not know why we try one thing new.
“We had one Grand Slam the place issues labored out effectively, however I suppose we all the time have to attempt one thing new for no purpose.”
No followers had been permitted at Flushing Meadows the place Azarenka rolled again the years to succeed in the ultimate, shedding out to Japan’s Naomi Osaka. The French Open, postponed from its regular Might/June slot to now due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, initially deliberate for 11,000 followers per day.
That was then dropped to five,000 and on Thursday it was capped additional to 1,000 by the French authorities.
Spectators or not, Azarenka, who has returned from severe accidents, childbirth and private points since she reached her solely French Open semi-final in 2013, mentioned she was relishing the problem of what was as soon as her least-favoured Slam.
“I used to hate clay. I hated every thing about it. The bounces, the sliding that I am unable to cease. Ask me what I couldn’t complain about after I used to play!
“However I really feel like, particularly from final yr, I felt that I lastly began to seek out my rhythm, loved myself taking part in on clay, sliding, as an alternative of cussing the clay each single time.
“I am truly trying ahead to it. I am truly enthusiastic about increase my claycourt recreation. Sixteen years on Tour, it is about time to make some evolution on it.”
Azarenka reached the semi-finals in Rome final week, shedding to Simona Halep, and shall be seeded 10th at Roland Garros, the primary time in 4 years she has been seeded at a Grand Slam.
Few gamers can match her present kind and in keeping with former champion Chris Evert, Azarenka may very well be a hazard.
“It is virtually like she’s acquired this second profession now and it is simply beginning to blossom,” Eurosport professional Evert mentioned. “She’s taking part in one of the best tennis of her life.”

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