Andrea Petkovic is simply calling it as she sees it.
On Monday, tennis star Eugenie Bouchard posted a collection of photos from June’s Volvo Car Open, the biggest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America that recently took place in Charleston, S.C. in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
“Had such an enjoyable week in Charleston. Our team won, but the fact we could play tennis in a healthy and safe environment is a win in itself,” Bouchard tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who put on such a great women’s event! @VolvoCarOpen @TennisChannel #CreditOneBankInvitational.”
The images featured Canadian Bouchard, 26, and other female athletes social distancing on the court, prompting a response from Germany’s Petkovic, who appeared to shade Novak Djokovic and his maligned Adria Tour exhibition. The event was ultimately shut down after Grigor Dimitrov contracted the deadly bug.
“So far, from what I can gather, female tennis players have conducted themselves in an admirable manner in these trying times of crisis, amirite,” Petkovic stated.
Australia’s Rennae Stubbs later responded to Petkovic’s post, addressing the health of the female athletes who took part in the Adria tournament.
“I believe NON of them got it. Might have to do with not playing sweaty basketball or soccer together…lets hope it stays that way,” she tweeted.
In June, Serbia’s Djokovic confirmed he and wife Jelena tested positive for COVID-19 amid backlash over the tournament and partying during a pandemic.
“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament was meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region,” the world’s top tennis star said at the time.
As of Thursday, Djokovic and wife Jelena have tested negative for the novel virus.