With physical work and also tennis, another mini preseason by Diego Schwartzman began, now in the Caribbean summer.
The Argentine is already in Albany, a tourist community located on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, along with his team (his coach Juan Ignacio Chela and his physical trainer Martiniano Orazi) and his girlfriend (Eugenia De Martino) and the first feelings they are good but strange.
“A lot of heat!”, Assumes from there, where temperatures exceed 31 ° C, before the consultation of ESPNTenis.com, while graphing the new normal. “There are quarantines from certain times, mandatory chinstraps in closed places and on weekends you can only go to essential places.”
The Bahamas totals 447 cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths and is easing the conditions for receiving foreign tourism. As a counterpart, the area is on alert for a tropical storm with the possibility of hurricanes during the next weekend.
Confirmation of tournaments in which men’s tennis would return would be announced this week, and while Washington’s ATP was canceled, all indications are that official action will return in the United States itself.
Cincinnati and the US Open, both to be played in New York from August 22 to September 13, should be ratified this week. The one that emerged in Náutico Hacoaj (13th of the world ranking) is waiting. “I will stay in the Bahamas until tournaments in the United States are fully confirmed and I can go there.”
It should be remembered that, if the Cincinnati third round or the Flushing Meadows quarterfinals are improved, it could approach the Top 10. Otherwise, the 2019 performances will continue to be counted in the ranking.
And then? If he can appear, his second rounds at the Madrid Masters 1000 and Roland Garros in 2019 invite him to dream of scoring good points. Instead, he will have little margin in Rome, where he must be a finalist to score. Nor does he rule out being in Kitbuhel, a tournament that will open the action in Europe (September 8) and coincides with the second week of the US Open.
However, the obligation, or not, to quarantine in Europe after playing in the United States is also part of the uncertainty.