This year Australian Open will begin three weeks later than usual with 14 days mandatory quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, World No.2 Simona Halep believes that two weeks of isolation would not significantly impact her performance.
In 2020, Romanian tennis sensation took her home title from the Dubai tennis championship, Prague Open and Italian Open. Meanwhile, the 29-years-old skipped the US Open swing due to health concerns, and she eventually contracted COVID-19.
Former World No.1 Halep will kick start her 2021 season via Australian Open swing, which begins on 31st January. For a reason, Simona will leave for Down Under next week, and she will serve two weeks of quarantine period in Adelaide before travelling to Melbourne.
“I know that it will be hard mentally, but I feel like my experiences in bubbles in 2020 will help me know a little more what to expect,” Halep said to Reuters.
“I am also less stressed because I know that they have COVID so well under control in Australia and that once we are out of quarantine, we will be free! This year in lockdown has meant that we are all a lot more used to spending time inside than we used to be,” Romanian added.
“I Have To Take Care of My Body Now More Than Ever”, says Simona Halep
After the French Open fourth round exit, the two-time Grand Slam champion initially had spent her time with family, and later she began preparing ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Halep continued, “I worked a lot on my fitness. I have to take care of my body now more than ever so lots of strengthening exercises and speed work, and from the beginning of December, we stepped up the work on the court.”
After more than two months of hiatus, Simona Halep might play her first match in the Melbourne Park’s new WTA 500 event, a warm-up tournament for hard-court Grand Slam.
“Lots of drills and repetition and now finally I am playing sets against other Romanian girls, getting ready for the first matches in Australia,” Halep concluded.
Even though Australian Open 2021 will occur from 8th February to 21st February, Melbourne Park’s new WTA 500 events are scheduled from 31st January to 6th February.