Return of followers at French Open will likely be bizarre, says Shelby Rogers

New York, September 9

Shelby Rogers mentioned it was “quite an experience” to play at Arthur Ashe Stadium with out followers on Tuesday and the American feels will probably be “weird” to have spectators within the stands on the French Open later this month.

The US Open is happening with out followers and with strict protocols in place to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus however the Sept. 27-Oct. 11 French Open will enable as much as 11,500 spectators per day.

“My first match on Ashe without fans, so that was quite an experience. Check that off the bucket list,” mentioned Rogers after her 6-Three 6-Four quarter-final defeat to Naomi Osaka. “I played there before with a packed stadium, and it was very, very different.” The American, who was unseeded at Flushing Meadows, was enthusiastic about getting again to the crimson clay at Roland Garros, the place she reached the quarter-finals in 2016.

“It will be nice to go back, train on clay, get ready for Paris where I’ve had a lot of good memories,” she added.

“On the flip aspect, I believe will probably be actually bizarre to have followers. Maybe just a little standoffish from gamers not used to being round individuals.

“We’ve been scolded, if you will, for doing the wrong things. It will be just another adjustment.” The 27-year-old mentioned there have been loads of positives she may take away from her marketing campaign at her dwelling Grand Slam.

“One is that I am able to adapt to these new conditions, the new normal,” she mentioned. “I do know I can deal with it and take advantage of out of that, which is encouraging.

“I feel healthy. I’m happy with where my game is. The confidence is just building with each match.” Reuters

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