Roger Federer had earlier said playing to empty stadiums did not make too much sense but Karolina Pliskova is having none of it.
Czech number one Pliskova reckons US Open should be played if possible even if spectators aren’t allowed inside the stadium because of the rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
She said it could be different from Federer but the women’s tour is often played to empty stadiums anyway and they are used to it.
US Open officials are scrambling to find a solution to the issues surrounding the hosting of the competition later this year with a decision to be expected this month. It is all but certain it would be difficult to host the major with fans inside the stadium and Swiss, 20-time winner Federer had earlier expressed his displeasure about playing tennis without fans.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Pliskova said the tournament must go on since it was better off playing some tennis than not playing anything at all.
She added it’s always good to have fans in the stadium because it adds to the atmosphere but there have been numerous instances when matches have been played to near-empty stadium courts too. Citing the example of some of the previous US Open editions, Pliskova reminded of times when the matches have gone to 1 am and there haven’t been too many fans left in the crowd.
Pliskova also made a point about Federer’s stance when she said:
“Maybe Roger, he never experienced that, but I think me and the girls overall have had experience of nobody [in the stands]. I know for Roger for sure it has to be different thinking than for me, but I would definitely choose to play.”
Meanwhile the US Open organisers are considering moving the Western & Southern Open from Cincinnati to New York in a bid for the city to host a two-leg competition which will also include the US Open. More details are awaited on this.