Kvitova hopes Tokyo defies pandemic to host ‘fifth Grand Slam’ By Reuters

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World No. 9 Petra Kvitova calls the Olympics the “fifth Grand Slam” and hopes the Tokyo edition will take place as scheduled this year, in defiance of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid speculation that the Games could be canceled due to the pandemic, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Japan was still determined to host the Games, which had to be rescheduled last year. “First of all, I hope the Olympics really happen,” two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova told reporters on Sunday. “I know tennis players are a little different because we have our peaks during the year, we have four of them.” The Olympics are very important to me … it’s like a fifth Grand Slam. I really wanted to be a part of it this year. “The Czech won the women’s individual bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and enjoys the experience of representing her nation in the multisport show.” It is simply different because you are playing for your country. and they have the support of their fellow athletes, their colleagues from the Czech Republic, “said the former world number two.” We had three medalists. The other athletes always came to us, watched us and supported us … I hope it’s very, very similar (in Tokyo). ”

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