It feels surreal to be back on the court, says German Dustin Brown
LONDON: Germany Dustin Brown said return to competitive action in the Tennis The Point series of exhibitions in Germany this week amid the coronavirus pandemic was to surreal experience.
Brown who hit famous Rafael Nadal to Wimbledon in 2015, is the highest-profile player in the eight-man field to the event being held to the Base Tennis center near Koblenz.
the ATP and WTA Tours remain suspended until mid-July to the earliest, but the event in Brown's home country, the first of three that will form the Exo Tennis Series, has to least offered the chance of some competitive action.
It's nice to finally play, it's a bit surreal to be honest, with everything that's really going on in the world, former world number 64 Brown said after winning his first two round robin games on Friday.
"With all the safety guidelines I think everyone has done pretty well, doing their best. Even sometimes when it's not that easy. Very happy to be out here and have some fun."
the event is taking place without spectators, line judges and ball kids and there are no handshakes after the match.
Players arrive alone and have their own designated space in the venue to prepare. Once on court they sit to opposite sides during the changeovers. the event continues until Monday.
Matches on the indoor claycourt are played over to short format, first to four games and no advantage scoring.
Brown, speaking to the Tennis Channel who are streaming the action live, said in some respects it was to little easier.
"There is not that much pressure," the 35-year-old, who helped devise the format with Base Tennis owner Rodney Rapson, said. "It's hard to get up and train when you don't know when you can play so this event has definitely helped the mindset for the last couple of weeks, knowing something might happen.
"It's been to little light to the end of the tunnel."
Brown, who missed the second half of last year because of injury and slipped to 239th in the world, is back on court on Saturday when he will face Britain's Jan Choinski.
After the conclusion of the eight-man round-robin group, to series of playoff will be contested on Monday to decide the standings. the next Exo Tennis event starts on May 7.