DThe soccer Bundesliga is paused, as is the tennis tour. Formula 1 is waiting for the start of the season, the Olympics and the European Football Championship have been postponed. The corona virus has swirled the sport vigorously. The cancellations and postponements are not so inconvenient for some athletes.
Leroy Sané and Niklas Süle: It was also difficult for national coach Joachim Löw to predict whether the two important players would be fit in time for the European Football Championship this summer. Both had contracted cruciate ligament tears in the first half of the season. If anything, they would have traveled to the tournament in June and July with very little practice. Time was running out, especially for Bayern professional Süle. The pan-European tournament is now to be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021. And the defense chief, like Manchester City attacker Sané, has plenty of time to get in shape.
Marco Reus: DFB colleague Marco Reus also gets enough time for recovery. The Dortmund captain suffered a complicated muscle injury at the cup out at Werder Bremen in early February and has not been used since.
Robert Lewandowski: At Bayern, the top scorer misses fewer games than feared. At the end of February he had been diagnosed with a crack in the shin edge at the left knee joint and a break of four weeks. For the record champions, the pole is actually irreplaceable. Lewandowski had scored 39 goals in 32 competitions in three competitions.
Roger Federer: A knee surgery after the Australian Open led to a months-long break for the tennis star. Successes at his biggest goals this year – Wimbledon and Olympia – were also at risk. It seems likely that Wimbledon will not be able to start in late June as planned. The Swiss would be able to realize his dream of Olympic gold in 2021 when he was almost 40 years old. However, according to the current status, the French Open scheduled for autumn overlap with the Laver Cup he initiated.
Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic: Like Federer, Kerber would have missed the important and then canceled tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami because of her lengthy hamstring injury. The three-time Grand Slam winner threatened to crash further in the world rankings and possibly slip off the seed list at upcoming Grand Slam tournaments. Now the world rankings remain unchanged for the time being. And Kerber, like her Fed Cup colleague Andrea Petkovic, has enough time to at least cure her injury. Petkovic has had to take a break since the beginning of the year and have an operation on his knee.
Marcel Nguyen: The three-time European gymnast had his surgery on his shoulder in October, but was recently slightly panicked about the Olympics. The closed halls made suitable preparation impossible. Now his Tokyo dream is much more realistic. Had it been the original date from July 24th to August 9th, he might have run out of time. “I was given valuable time,” said Nguyen, who won Olympic silver on the parallel bars and in the 2012 all-around in London. “Now I can prepare myself in peace. Without the stress of getting myself to my previous performance level. ”
Sebastian Vettel: The winter test phase of Formula 1 was again sobering for the Ferrari driver and his team. The new car from Scuderia looked immature and could not counter the pace of the title competition from Mercedes and Red Bull. Vettel was already preparing for a difficult start to the season when the opening race in Australia was canceled at short notice. The racing series is now in the Corona break until at least June, and the teams are on holiday for the time being. From mid-April, however, Ferrari could try to catch up with the development deficit and rebuild the car vigorously. The time until a possible restart would be the chance for the Ferrari engineers – and in the end for Vettel.