Jabeur: Restart Tennis at 2021 Indian Wells

Ons Jabeur advocates restarting the tennis season where it ended.

Appearing on Eurosport’s Tennis Legends vlog alongside ATP pro Noah Rubin, Jabeur told Hall of Fame hosts Boris Becker and Mats Wilander she supports resuming tennis at the 2021 Indian Wells.

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The Australian Open quarterfinalist says the sport could opt for a soft opening and host team events where players could earn prize money, but no ranking points before a full-fledged return at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“I’m honestly looking forward for the season to start again,” Jabeur said at about the 17-minute mark of the video below. “I have an opinion about this season. Since Wimbledon is cancelled, French Open, I don’t know how they’re going to do it in September, I don’t think it’s a good idea to start the season this year. Maybe start with some team tournaments. Some tournaments for the players to be able to win some money, like team matches at least they could play, but no points.

“Start the season again next year in March. Let’s pretend that [2020] was never here, you know. Don’t start with the Australian Open since we already played it this year and the other tournaments at the beginning of the 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.”

In January, Jabeur reached the Australian Open quarterfinals bowing to eventual-champion Sofia Kenin.

The 25-year-old Tunisian has been spending the coronavirus lockdown in New York City with her husband, who is also her fitness trainer. Jabeur said she has gone running in Central Park but has cut back recently over social distancing concerns.

The ATP and WTA Tours jointly announced continuing the suspension of the pro circuit until at least July 13th.

Roland Garros, which is usually played in May, made the unilateral decision to move to September 20th—one week after the US Open ends on September 30th.

Both Jabeur and former world No. 1 Andy Murray are skeptical the French Open will played as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some nations to implement travel bans and others to limit travel.

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