The 2020 tennis season, like every other sport, was marred by the coronavirus pandemic and, while players had the option to stay away from the courts, some returned to finish the final two majors of the season.
The Women’s Tennis Association along with Qualtrics, an SAP company, revealed in a survey that 68% of players stated that “love of the game” was one of their top motives for returning to the courts. Other players said financial reasons, ranking and legacy as other factors.
With the coronavirus affecting players’ training regimen, the survey revealed that their fitness and mental game have changed the most since the season was paused. Fifty-two percent of players said it was their fitness that changed while 29.5% said it was their mental game.
The survey also found that players have used some of their newly acquired free time to take educational classes through the organization’s WTA University or learn a new skill.
The French Open is the final major event on the schedule this year. The tournament was moved from May to late September or early October because of the virus. The majority of the remainder of the events have been rescheduled or canceled.
The next big tennis event on the WTA schedule is the J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which begins Oct. 19. The Open BLS de Limoges, set for Limoges, France, on Dec. 14, is also among those tournaments still on the schedule right now.