A few hours apart, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Corentin Moutet were to follow one another on court n ° 1, Tuesday at Bercy. The first for his first round against Tennys Sandgren, the second for a prestigious second round against Marin Cilic. Finally,: tested positive for Covid-19,. At a press conference, the Alsatian returned to this surprise withdrawal, and the anguish that the coronavirus is hovering over the circuit.
Moutet? “I saw him at the end of his match, he was very tired”
“We live with this anguish, like all people, all French people, said Herbert. It is certain that, through our work, we may travel. And when you’re away from your family… My biggest anxiety at the US Open, and that’s why I didn’t go, was getting stuck like the French were. “
Asked about the news of the withdrawal of Corentin Moutet, the 85th ATP showed a certain fatalism: “It’s part of our life, of everyone’s life. I have the feeling that we are all going to spend it, that we will all have it at some point. I learned about Corentin, I am sad for him. I saw him at the end of his match, I thought he was very tired. I am sad that it happens at the time of Bercy, a tournament which must be very important for him as a Parisian . “
“For the WTA it was terrible not having a Masters”
Herbert, who owns shares in the WTA Strasbourg tournament, was also asked about the situation of the women’s circuit, almost at a standstill and deprived of Masters in Shenzhen. “For the WTA, it was terrible not to have a Masters at the end of the year. We were lucky to have a slightly longer calendar. I have necessarily a thought for all the girls who do not. do not have the opportunity to work. I feel privileged and lucky to be able to do my job. “
“The Strasbourg tournament was fortunate to have very strong support from partners, the region, the FFT … Herbert continued. Mutual aid is what will save us in this second wave and in this particular period. And it’s important to have sports on TV, I think it is good for the morale of people who are at home, confined. “ If that can console Corentin Moutet …