This sports hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is not giving the retiring tennis players a proper chance to say au revoir, therefore, Carla Suarez Navarro may even postpone her retirement planned for the end of the 2020 season in order to be able to wave goodbye in front of real people and not off the court.
While playing the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro video game tournament, the 31-year-old Spaniard revealed in a video chat that she wants to retire at a live tournament. Therefore, the former world No.6 will evaluate the situation and make a final decision at the end of this season.
Carla’s statement only confirms that it’s quite unlikely that we’ll have any live international tennis this year, although the tour is at the moment officially suspended only until July 13th. The winner of two WTA titles is currently competing in the online, coronavirus edition of the Mutua Madrid Open tournament and she’s not so successful at handling a PS4 controller, having lost all her three round-robin matches in Group 1, to Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Fiona Ferro.