“The tournaments which have been completed this year should not be played in 2021,” says Jabeur

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Ons Jabeur, the Australian Open quarter-finalist feels that the tennis season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic should only resume next March and tournaments that have already been completed this year should not be played in the 2021 season.

As a result of the spread of coronavirus, tennis has been postponed until March. Indian Wells becomes the first major tournament which has been cancelled for now. The ATP and WTA hope that the tournament will be resume till July.

The first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, Tunisian Jabeur said in a Eurosports Tennis Legends vodcast, “Resuming the season later this year was not ideal as it would not be fair when calculating ranking points.”

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to start the season this year. Start the season again next year in March,” she added.

“Don’t start by playing the Australian Open since we already played it this year … start from Indian Wells, where everybody stopped. It’s fair for the other Grand Slams, it’s fair for the points and for everything,” she further said.

This year, French Open is set to be held from 20 September to 4 October. Wimbledon has also been postponed and hoping to held in late June.

Jabeur, ranked 39 in the world, believes that playing the hardcourt slam without fans is unlikely and it would not be fair on the players if only certain majors could be completed in a season.

On Wednesday, Andy Murray also said that tennis will be the one last sport to return to action. Jabeur is expecting to resume the tour in September.

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