German ace granted permission to train during coronavirus lockdown but admits to fears

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Jan-Lennard Struff

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.”

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