Grigor Dimitrov Rejects the Idea of Unequal Practice Among Players in Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/27/2021, 12:50 PM EST
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 playing field can now be split into three groups of players based on their level of practice. We have Australians who are free to practice as much as they want. Then there are players who are in partial quarantine thus they can practice for a few hours. And finally, we have some players under full quarantine. Because of this, many players are upset, but Grigor Dimitrov doesn’t think the same and has accepted the situation he finds himself in.

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Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day 9 of the 2020 French Open. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Speaking of the Australians who have full practice access, Dimitrov said that the rest of the tennis calendar is brutal for the Australians as they travel a lot farther to play than most of the players.

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“I think I think I can only guess what’s going to happen but again you know, for example, the Australians I mean, they have I think one of the toughest traveling schedules so far away from home throughout the whole year so I mean I think for once they, they have a little bit more advantage to be outside to be home to practice outside,” Dimitrov said.

Grigor Dimitrov staying positive despite not meeting his coach for weeks

Dimitrov isn’t looking into the advantages or disadvantages of the current situation in the Australian Open 2021 bubble. Even though Dimitrov’s coach is under full quarantine, the Bulgarian is mentally focused on giving his 100% in his short practice sessions.

“So, I mean, I don’t even put that into you know into the consideration. I’m just, just happy to obviously they’re in a good, a good situation. But, I mean, for example, a coach was in one of those fights I haven’t seen it in two weeks so I’ve been without him.”

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Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates victory. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Australian Open 2021 bubble ran into chaos after the majority of the players were put under full quarantine. Players and coaches who traveled with COVID-19 positive passengers on their way to Australia were put under strict quarantine, denying them practice. Thus many players complained of unequal practice allowances. But the organizers didn’t back down, and the quarantine continued.

The quarantine period will soon come to an end. By the end of January, all players will be able to move freely and play tournaments. The Australian Open 2021 begins on the 8th of February and before that, there are many pre-events in Melbourne including the ATP Cup.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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