The notion of a spectator-less US Open is looking like a legitimate possibility this season. In addition to altering the character of an most iconic event, the change would beg the question of how the players' performances and the tournament's outcome could be affected.
Garbine Muguruza, known for having her best results on the game's biggest stages, gave her thoughts on the matter on Adidas' "The Huddle" with five-time Olympic–gold-medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky.
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"[Tennis players,] we kind of put [on] the show," Muguruza told Ledecky, in comparison with swimming, in which the competitors and fans can hardly interact during the race. "The crowd for me is so important because it gives me motivation ... It's what makes me [have] butterflies. I would miss that."
Muguruza then asked Ledecky whether she does any kind of meditation, and it turned out that, much like Bianca Andreescu, Ledecky practices visualization techniques.
"The night before, I'll picture my race and what I want to do," she said. "The story I always tell is, in 2012 when I won my first gold medal, the night before I couldn't picture myself winning anything but gold. I think that's when I recognized the power of visualization and believing in yourself."
To close the chat, Muguruza was asked what advice she'd give a young girl first getting into an athletic pursuit.
"Any sport is fantastic. I feel like it gives you friendship and values and a very disciplined life," the two-time Grand Slam champion said. "I would definitely advise kids to play tennis, of course ... It's a challenge, and for me I love it. I love competing."
Muguruza is still waiting, however, to find out when she'll compete again, and in front of whom.