Martina Navratilova thinks that titles of the 2020 US Open champions will not have less value, even though such a large number of players will be skipping the tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s been a discussion in the tennis community that the 2020 US Open winners should have an asterisk placed next to their titles, but even though six of the Top 10 WTA players will not compete at Flushing Meadows, the tennis legend does not believe that this year’s titles should be underrated:
I won’t view the winners differently, there won’t be an asterisk. We know in the long term that 2020 is different but everybody is in the same situation and we will see who makes the most of it.
Serena Williams has also recently expressed her opinion on this topic, saying:
It still has to be tennis that’s played, asterisks or not. I think this whole year deserves an asterisk, because it’s such a special year, history we have never been through in this world…. I think we are living a future history lesson.