Ashleigh Barty to Stay in Separate Bubble Outside the Games Village at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/20/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athlete Arrivals – Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan – July 19, 2021 Ashleigh Barty of Australia wearing a protective face mask talks to quarantine staff after arriving at Narita International Airport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


Australian World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has shown some tremendous discipline since the start of the 2021 season. As a result, she got rewarded with her maiden Wimbledon and second Grand Slam title last week. And now, she is already up again and ready to try for the prestigious gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.

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However, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Japan announced a national emergency a while ago. Hence, there will be no crowd to witness the Games this year. Additionally, all athletes would reside in one massive bubble, that is, the Olympic Village.

What’s interesting is that the 25-year-old Barty will not be staying in the Games Village. Instead, the Australian athletes have another separate bubble within the bubble in Tokyo.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athlete Arrivals – Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan – July 19, 2021 Ashleigh Barty of Australia wearing a protective face mask arrives at Narita International Airport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Ipswich native will make her debut in the Games as the top seed. Barty will also play women’s doubles with compatriot Storm Sanders.

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Ashleigh Barty to stay outside the Olympic Village 

Many tennis stars arrived only recently in the Olympic Village and shared the unanticipated decor of the rooms. The beds are cardboard-made and can endure the weight of only one person.

Nevertheless, a day after Barty landed in Japan, Ian Andrew Chesterman, Vice President of the Australian Olympic Committee and the Chef de Mission of the Australian Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, stated that they would be staying outside the Olympic Village. However, he added the Australian athletes could still meet athletes from other countries.

Barty is currently at her peak, winning Wimbledon 2021 only a week ago. Therefore, she will want to make the run even more glorious, winning her first Olympic medal for Australia.

Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses with the women’s singles trophy on the balcony of the Park Plaza in front of the London Eye after winning the final Pool via REUTERS/Ben Queenborough

According to a source, a total of four athletes have already tested positive for the coronavirus inside the Olympic Village. It is indeed good news for Team Barty that they are staying in a separate bubble.

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Notably, the Japanese World No. 2 Naomi Osaka would return to tennis courts in Tokyo. She would make the perfect opponent to end the glorious run of the Australian ace.

But the question is: Can Osaka stop Barty from her maiden Olympic Gold? Only time will tell. The tournament starts on July 24 and will conclude on August 1, 2021.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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