Aussie Sam Stosur who has not played a match in nearly four months, is bracing for a new world of tennis when the sport finally re-opens amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The player who turned 36 last March 30 in quarantine in Queensland added that she will be keen to get stuck back in no matter what the circumstances of the return.
“I probably appreciate tennis more now than when I was young,” the 2011 US Open winner told Babs Schett on a Eurosport Instagram Live.
“When you’re younger you just do that, you go out and play, you don’t know or do anything different.
“Having the experience is excellent, but it is a double-edged sword. The coronavirus will probably make us all value differently all the activities we carry out during the rest of the year”.
The veteran admitted she’s at a loss, with Australians currently under international flight restrictions and facing a 14-day quarantine upon return to the country.
“Everything is going to be very difficult. Everyone has to be under control before we can start traveling again, something I don’t think can be achieved in the short or medium term,” she said.
“Obviously, but I’m not going to hold my breath for that. We will probably continue like this for a while, so it’s time to accept it and find other tasks to fill our days”.
Tennis bosses made an attempt this month to try and get the season back into gear, with preliminary plans to stage a no-fans US Open on its original date from August 31, with Roland Garros now set to begin a month later.
Squeezed in between will be back-to-back Madrid and Rome Masters 1000s. A provisional schedule for events to the end of the season is due out in the coming weeks.