Fernando Verdasco out of French Open for positive COVID test

Ross Houston
September 27, 2020

Slow conditions, the preparations have been less than usual.

Even the lefty from Spain, who has won the French Open 12 times, doesn't sound confident - because of the chillier conditions of late September in Paris and a controversial new ball that will debut.

Dominic Thiem, who won his first Grand Slam title in NY, chose to rest at home before moving to Paris.

Alexander Zverev, the finalist at US Open, too, chose to recharge his batteries after that physically and mentally draining final.

She lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals at her home Grand Slam this month.

Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are considered the favourites to win the respective men's and women's titles at the French Open, which gets underway in Paris tomorrow.

"Conditions probably are the most hard conditions for me ever in Roland Garros for so many different facts", he said, as reported by The Guardian.

Novak Djokovic said on Saturday that he has "moved on" from the sensational incident that led to his default at the recent US Open. "I did not feel any kind of emotional disturbance or difficulty to actually be able to play or still express my emotions in whatever way".

SERENA WILLIAMS, a perennial contender at the French Open, enters next week's rescheduled Grand Slam aiming to tie Margaret Court's record of 24th major singles titles.

While virus cases are increasing across France "the number of spectators at the French Open has been dropped to 1,000 per day".

For those who played both, the challenge is in the transition.

He was a semifinalist at the 2009 Australian Open and is now ranked 58th. Federer, out with a knee injury, defending French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, 2019 US Open victor Bianca Andreescu and Belinda Bencic are some of them.

For Halep, it was a hard choice in opting not to play the US Open. But she's content with that call.

"I have no regrets with my decision. I'm honored for people to think I'm the favorite". "Of course, I will make sure I don't make the same mistake twice". "So it's all good".

When asked if playing on just clay recently put her at an advantage she said, "Yes and no". I mean, I don't quite look 39. I don't know when it's going to stop for me. There are multiple names which make the draw appealing: such as the round 1 contest between Johanna Konta and Coco Gauff.

No.6 seed Williams arrives in Paris without any competitive clay court matches under her belt, and she faces a rematch against USA compatriot Kristie Ahn in the opening round. She also could face her sister, Venus, in Round 4.

"I didn't play any tune-ups, which is really rare. So that was basically what it was, rehab and training". I'm not at 100 per cent physically. "I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being".

"I think a semi-final is always great".

And, thus, the chase continues in Paris.

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