Former World No.1 Angelique Kerber will start her clay-court swing at Stuttgart Open 2021. In the WTA Tour Calendar, Germany’s 500 category event will occur from 19th to 25th April. The three-time Grand Slam is excited to compete in the backyard this year but worried about playing without fans.
Kerber began the season in Melbourne. Therein, She reached the quarterfinal at the Grampians Trophy and bowed out of the Australian Open following the first-round loss against American Bernarda Pera.
Afterwards, German competed at the Qatar Total Open, Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, and Miami Open. She has a win-loss record of 4-5. According to the results, she has had a rough season so far.
However, Angelique Kerber has a reason behind her ups and downs in an interview ahead of Stuttgart Open.
“I’m a player who needs a lot of matches and tournaments. As a result, it is, of course, a little difficult for me to get into my normal rhythm this year. I had excellent preparation for the season, trained hard, but the quarantine before the Australian Open set me back by two months,” the former Australian Open champion said.
Kerber continued, “I started clay court training right after the tournament in Miami, and I hope that I can now get the match practice in Stuttgart that I urgently need. We players are really very grateful that organisers set up a tournament in these times of crisis. I know how much commitment and passion it takes right now.”
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“I’m Always Happy To Return To Stuttgart”: Angelique Kerber
Kerber has been competing in her home indoor clay-court tournament since 2012. She has managed to become a title winner in 2015 and 2016.
“This tournament has practically accompanied me through my career. Regardless of my two successes in 2015 and 2016, I was able to gain a lot of important experience there that helped me further. Even if I lost, I learned from it. That’s why I’m always happy to return to Stuttgart,” the 2018 Wimbledon title winner added.
This year’s event will take place behind a closed screen due to the Coronavirus outbreak. “Above all, I’m excited to see how it will be this year, under the strict Corona regulations and without the fans, who otherwise always ensure a great atmosphere in the Porsche Arena. I will miss the fans the most,” Kerber concluded.