It’s been a pretty hectic start to the 2021 Australian Open.
With 72 players now having to spend 14 days in a strict quarantine environment, Australian Government Officials have been taking a hard approach to the ongoing quarantine situation.
On a lighter note, we’ve been keeping a close eye on what the players have been up to in insolation.
And we’ve seen some pretty creative training sessions!
From 5K hotel room runs to makeshift mattress tennis courts, it seems most players are finding innovative ways to continue to prepare for the tournament within the bounds of their hotel rooms.
Here are some of the best things we’ve seen so far!
It looks like Daria Kasatkina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have been channeling inspiration from Rocky Balboa, issuing a statement of intent to their competitors with this Stallone-esq montage…
They’re not the only ones to have been going through gruelling hotel room workout regimes.
French Open champion Iga Swiatek has also been putting herself through some intense training sessions from the confines of her own room.
The 19-year-old grand slam winner also got out onto the court for the first time this week and looks like she’ll be coming into form ahead of the Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic in two weeks’ time.
2020 French Rivera Open champion Macarenas Cabrillana also showed no one was going to put a stop to her preparations for the tournament.
This is awesome 💪💪💪 https://t.co/WHoaQblyB2— AusOpen Club (@AusOpenClub) January 19, 2021
Swapping training walls for hotel mattresses, players have been utilizing all sorts of hotel furniture to help them practice.
Teen sensation Coco Gauff looks like she’ll be ready to unleash her devastating forehand in two weeks time, getting her swing up to full speed in this video.
While Ons Jabeur and her team look don’t look to be letting the stricter isolation rules get to them either!
As you all know, I am one of the players that has been placed in full isolation. Not the easiest news to get but staying strong and making the best of it. I am committed to do whatever it takes to get ready despite the circumstances. Time to get creative 😜 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/pTdZDy0saM— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) January 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Belinda Bencic switched things up and has been training with a cracker of a view. Let’s hope that glass holds firm though!
And Vasek Pospisil has been getting used to playing on a new surface… the carpet at the Grand Hyatt!
Bed To Bath 5K
British No.2, Heather Watson, is making no excuses about the current quarantine restrictions, posting a video of herself smashing a 5K between her bedroom and her bathroom!
And although she might be a bit dizzy after that one, she’ll certainly be rearing to go in two weeks’ time!
12 Days To Go!
With most players now only having 12 days left of quarantine, training schedules are starting to ramp up, with players now getting their chance to take to the practice courts.
Nothing feels better than this….@AustralianOpen @ausgov @CraigTiley Incredible job taking into consideration the logistics involved. Chapeau 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Cannot wait for the players to see the Australian fans in 2 weeks time 🎾 pic.twitter.com/pIZENkMdJf— Daniel Vallverdu (@danielvallverdu) January 19, 2021
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