German ace granted permission to train during coronavirus lockdown but admits to fears
Jan-Lennard Struff says he has received special permission from local government to train two or three times a week despite the coronavirus crisis.
Struff, who is based in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, has made the case that is is essential to his job that he is allowed to train and remain fit for when the ATP Tour resumes following the various coronavirus lockdowns around the globe.
“[Pplaying two or three times] is enough,” Struff told Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “It’s the small steps that feel right in these times.
“I can understand that such exemptions for athletes are viewed critically by the rest of the population in the current situation, but it’s also my job, and we have strict requirements.”
Struff, the world number 34, says he is not currently worried about the financial hit he may take due to the coronavirus crisis, but admits he is worried for lower-ranked players.
“From a position in the world rankings of 100 or maybe 150, it will probably be problematic,” he said.
“These players will first have to do without travelling with their coaches and physiotherapists.
“A cycle will be set in motion, and many will fall by the wayside.”
Andy Murray admits he has been telling himself each match could be his last
After completing a routine 6-3 6-2 victory – his first singles win on home soil in 1084 days – Murray became tearful in his courtside interview.
‘Each match could be my last’ – Andy Murray holds back the tears after comeback win
Andy Murray did his best to contain the well of tears after his win.
Andy Murray overcome by emotion as he makes winning return to Queen’s Club
Murray was playing first singles match on grass since 2018.
Dan Evans eyes ‘a few more wins’ at Queen’s Club after ending his long wait for a win
It was the British No 1’s first win at the venue since 2014.
Gary Neville unimpressed by double standards that will allow bigger Wimbledon crowds
Decision to allow increased capacity at Wimbledon sparked claims of double standards.
‘Fresh, clever, calm’ Novak Djokovic favourite to win Wimbledon and US Open, according to Mats Wilander
Novak Djokovic “looks scary good and motivated”, says Mats Wilander.
‘My Wimbledon goals are high, they have to be high, or I wouldn’t be playing,’ says Roger Federer
“The season starts around now,” says Roger Federer.
Exclusive – Ex-British No 1 admits Andy Murray is not in control of his own destiny this summer
Andy Murray will return to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs.
Wimbledon finals to be played in front of capacity stadium after change in guidelines
Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
Heather Watson set up a clash against Shuai Zhang.