World No. 2 Anett Kontaveit has accepted a main draw wildcard in Hamburg, the tournament announced on Friday. Kontaveit, 26, is set to make his clay court debut in Hamburg.
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Kontaveit hasn’t really played tennis in the last three months and it’s a positive sign to see her accept a wildcard in Hamburg.
Kontaveit, who contracted COVID-19 in early spring, has played just four tournaments since April. After ending her clay season with three straight losses, Kontaveit ended her losing streak at Wimbledon after defeating Bernarda Pera in the first round.
Kontaveit may have made it past his first match at Wimbledon but then suffered a surprise loss to Jule Niemeier in the second round.
Kontaveit on battling the aftermath of COVID-19
Battling the aftermath of COVID-19 was the reason why Kontaveit was forced to miss a good part of the clay season and why she was limited to just one tournament during the grass season.
“Well, I had it two months ago, I think, or something. Then I tried to come back really quickly. I started training. It was low intensity , but I was still training every day. I think that’s what I did. I did wrong. Just thinking about it, I probably should have given myself more time to recover,” said Kontaveit said.
“Then I tried to play in Rome. I mean, it was very difficult physically. I remember it was very, very difficult. Also, at Roland Garros, I really struggled. I had really big energy drops, and I was tired all the time.” It was hard to wake up.
I slept a lot all the time. Then after Roland-Garros, I tried to start training more, and it only got worse. I started to feel more and more tired. Then I decided to take a complete break for a few weeks, I think, and I felt my energy starting to come back.” It remains to be seen how Kontaveit will perform on his Hamburg debut next week.