Match live Bencic pointed to one of the problems of quarantine in Melbourne
Switzerland`s Belinda Bencic worries she could be injured if she has to engage in competitive matches immediately after the end of the strict quarantine under which she is placed by the organizers of the Australian Open.
Bencic, the world`s No. 12 woman, is one of 72 tennis players who are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days because they were on the same flight with a coronavirus infected. The other tennis players, who were not on one of the charters with infected passengers, are also placed in isolation, but have the right to leave their rooms for five hours a day to train.
After the end of the isolation, there will be a warm-up tournament on January 31, and the Australian Open in Melbourne will start on February 8.
`I already feel better and try to do my best to get out of quarantine in the best possible shape. My priority will be not to get injured, as this is the biggest risk after two weeks without intensive`Playing in a tournament a day or two after completing a two-week quarantine in a hotel room is not the easiest thing in the world. Certainly our level of play will not be at the highest level, ` the 23-year-old Bencic said. .
The Swiss, who shares a room with her boyfriend and coach Martin Hromkovic, has admitted that she spends most of her time in bed, with almost all the furniture in the room pushed aside to make room for tennis.
Australian Open Director Craig Tilly has repeatedly said that changes to the quarantine procedure cannot be made, but there is a possibility of delaying the warm-up tournament mentioned by 11livematches
to give more time to prepare those who are under strictquarantine.
`The main priority of the organizers should be to create equal conditions for all. The situation is very strange and far from fair for all. Many players have a serious advantage. It is not about one or two who are unequal to the others. Here we are talking about72 people. I hope that everything will be done so that the conditions are as uniform as possible, `Bencic added.
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