“Don’t Try to Have a Conspiracy Theory”: Victoria Azarenka Downplays Players’ Struggles at Australian Open 2021

Published 01/23/2021, 2:28 AM EST
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


With just a few weeks left for the 2021 Australian Open, former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka will compete in warm-up WTA events to gain match practice before the start of the first Grand Slam.

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Recently, talk show host, Blair Henley invited the tennis star to discuss a host of issues regarding the strict safety measures at the 2021 Australian Open, the importance of mental health support, and the potential challenges of competing after a two-week quarantine period.

Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women’s singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center |Reuters

Quarantine Chronicles: Victoria Azarenka

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Henley questioned the 31-year-old Belarusian on the issue of the top-ranked players staying in Adelaide while the majority are quarantining in Melbourne. Over the last week, players have complained about preferential treatment given to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and many others by allowing them to train in Adelaide.

The two-time Australian Open champion talked about viewing the matter differently. Azarenka trusts the reason behind the decision to allow certain players to stay in Adelaide and doesn’t attach any conspiracy to it. Unlike many players, she doesn’t believe the scenario puts her at any disadvantage.

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“I don’t really look at it like the rest. I take it as a situation as it is. I have my trust and belief of when people are telling me for what reasons that has been done. I don’t try to have a conspiracy theory or investigate if that’s true or not… I don’t necessarily look at Adelaide or other situations as affecting me that somebody has something or I don’t.” said Azarenka, while quarantining in her hotel room.  

Two days back, Azarenka wrote a message addressing her colleagues to acknowledge the difficulty experienced by everyone. Here, she urged them to be empathetic towards the local community who has endured strict lockdowns amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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Interestingly, Azarenka is about to launch her podcast called “Think About It”, which will feature intimate conversations with many inspiring guests.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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