Asterisk or not: Is the 2020 US Open a legitimate Grand Slam?
- 19 August 2020 à 13H05
"Whoever wins this US Open will have done something incredibly tough," he told Match Points host Josh Cohen. "Prevailing at this is not necessarily going to be easier than winning a normal Grand Slam."Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli feels differently.
"You can’t really say that you won a Grand Slam when you have 20 out of the top 32 players not coming, for example, if that is happening," she said. "You know it is just a regular tournament that you won, and you are happy that you won and you are happy that you have been able to get through all the difficulties and you navigated through all of this, but you can’t really call it a Grand Slam when there is that many people not showing up at all.”It's not a normal US Open admits Rothenberg, but the fact that the players will have to clear so many hurdles mentally, emotionally and physically to earn this title, elevates the tournament's status in his eyes.
"The amount of mental stress that is going to be on these players, the fitness challenge of this particular tournament, the emotional challenges, the lack of fans and people around you. It is going to be an incredibly hard one. It is going to be different, for sure, but I don’t think it is going to be a lesser title. It will be a different achievement to win this US Open."
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