The 2021 WTA season has already begun with a brand new tournament in Abu Dhabi, but World No.2 Simona Halep will enter the tour through Australian Open swing.
This year’s Down Under mega tennis festival begins three weeks later than usual due to the Coronavirus pandemic. And while Aussie Open qualifier matches are taking place in the Middle East, other events will occur in one place, Melbourne Park.
Before travelling to the tournament venue, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and several top players will be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days in Adelaide.
After a few weeks of preparation, a 29-years-old woman from Romania left for Australia with a lot of confidence on Tuesday. Before boarding a plane, Halep detailed how she would have prepared ahead of the two weeks of isolation.
“Adelaide is the same regime that everyone else in Melbourne has. It’s the same quarantine. We are only allowed on the tennis court for four or five hours a day. Otherwise, we will have to be quarantined in the rooms, each. It will not be easy, I am convinced, but still, because we can do these five hours will mean a lot. I took everything with me, and books, and movies, and magazines, all kinds “, the former World No.1 player said.
“I am Mentally and Physically Prepared”, says Simona Halep
Two-time Grand Slam champion also emphasised she is mentally and physically prepared and pleased to play a significant Grand Slam event.
“Okay, all of them are important, but at the beginning of the year, it’s good that we can get over all the little problems and play. I miss Darren Cahill. I miss getting together, being a team and working,” the woman from Constanta added.
The last season concluded a bit earlier than normal, particularly the top eight players event WTA Finals cancelled due to pandemic. As a result, Simona Halep has had spent nearly three months in her home.
Romanian continued, “Like every time I go to a tournament I have quite high expectations because I have been at a fairly high level for a long time and I consider that if I train and I prepare as I always do, I have a chance to play well. But in these different conditions, with a break of three or four months, it will be a little more difficult. But I’m ready for anything.”(Quotes translated into English via Google translator)
Australian Open 2021 is set to take place from 8th February to 21st February while Melbourne Park WTA 500 events will occur from 31st January to 6th February.