Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is happy to finally play
tennis again for fans around the world – even if they can only watch on
television.

Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova.

The world number 12 will headline an all-Czech tournament in Prague
starting today without spectators, handshakes or the usual towel
service.

The return to action is one of the first after pro tennis tours were
suspended in early March as countries went into lockdown to contain the
spread of the new coronavirus.

Some exhibition events without fans have been held in countries like
Germany and the United States while more are planned elsewhere in the
coming weeks.

Kvitova last played at the Qatar Open in February where she lost in
the final to Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka. She said finding rhythm and
playing without support would be the hardest part returning.

“That it will be without people is something I still can’t imagine at all,” she told a news conference on Monday.

“We will play some nice tennis… I think we are mainly here to bring
tennis back not only to the Czech Republic, but to the world, too.”

The tournament, with eight players in both the men’s and women’s draw, will resemble regular tennis as much as possible.

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