Elina Svitolina Reveals the Letter She and Gael Monfils Received from Australian Open 2021 Organizers

Published 01/07/2021, 12:30 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Tennis players Gael Monfils and girlfriend Elina Svitolina look on from the crowd during the singles match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Matteo Berrettini of Italy during Day Three of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Ukrainian tennis star, Elina Svitolina, has given tennis fans an insight into what the strict quarantine rules are going to feel like for players at this year’s Australian Open.

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Players won’t be allowed to go anywhere during quarantine at Australian Open, says Elina Svitolina

Currently ranked fifth by the WTA, the Ukrainian was quoted as saying that the players, who have enlisted participation for the year’s first Grand Slam, wouldn’t have the freedom to go anywhere apart from their hotel rooms, training and practice facilities for the first couple of weeks after landing in Melbourne.

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Speaking to btu.org.ua, Svitolina said, “That is quite a specific experience. We are allowed to be outside our hotel rooms for no more than 5 hours, – 2 hours of tennis, 2 hours of getting fit and 1 hour for eating.

 

“We won’t be allowed to go anywhere for two weeks.”

Svitolina says she may not even be allowed to see hubby Gael Monfils

The Ukrainian, who is married to veteran French tennis player Gael Monfils and resides in the UK, revealed that she might not even be allowed to see her husband during the quarantine period in order to limit her social circle.

“Gael and I also got a letter which says that we may not see each other during this period in order not to increase the social circle,” she said.

Svitolina said it won’t be nice knowing that they are near but still can’t see each other. “It is the decree of the Australian government. Thus it’d be uneasy to know that we are somewhere near but we may not even come close to each other.

“Sometimes the rules are unclear but we have to follow them,”  the 26-year-old said.

Svitolina hopeful of a Covid-free Australian Open

However, she said she was hopeful that all arrangements would be made to ensure a Covid-free event.

She is also optimistic that the training facilities and conditions were top-notch and would enable the tennis stars to play without any fear or trepidation.

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“I think the conditions for training and the tournament itself will be at a top level in Australia,” Svitolina said.

The Ukrainian has 15 singles and 2 doubles career WTA titles to her credit and reached a career high ranking of World Number 3 on September 11, 2017.

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2019 was arguably one of her best years in the women’s circuit as she reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as the quarters at the Australian Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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