Australian Open 2021:  Players get creative to kill time in quarantine

Australian Open 2021: Players are doing all they can to tackle lockdown boredom in their hotel rooms ahead of next month’s Australian Open. While some could be seen sunbathing by the window, others are using the walls to practice their shots. Some are keeping their fitness level in check by running sprints in corridors. Passengers on three Australian Open charter flights have been sent into hard quarantine, with more than 70 players unable to train outside their hotel rooms for 14 days ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam that begins on Feb. 8.

Others who arrived on different flights are also undertaking a mandatory quarantine but are allowed to leave their hotel rooms for five hours a day to train.

“I’m committed to do whatever it takes to get ready despite the circumstances. Time to get creative,” Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur said in a tweet accompanied by a video of her hitting a ball against an upturned matters.

World number 38 Barbora Strycova posted a video of herself assembling an exercise bike and joked she may have found her true calling. “Anyone in need of my services? We can make it happen after these 14 days,” Strycova added.

Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas continued his beach-themed videos after pretending to ride the waves on his bed by “sunbathing” in front of his window.However, American Reilly Opelka said he was not a fan of the videos and said players should count themselves lucky to be inMelbourne for the tournament. “I find tennis players sharing their quarantine workouts on their Instagram story so non-amusing. We already saw these same videos six months ago,” Opelka tweeted.