“Very Strict”: Petra Kvitova Reflects on Her Experience at the Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/21/2021, 2:40 PM EST
Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her fourth round match against China’s Zhang Shuai REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


The Australian Open 2021 is less than three weeks away now, and players are practicing really hard for it. Although there are certain restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are utilizing every second by even training indoors. Recently, World No. 9 Petra Kvitova revealed her experience at the Australian Open 2021 bubble.

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“The security here is very strict, especially from the beginning,” began Kvitova. “Because of course, the cases were there (from the planes) and everybody here was very scared, which is very understandable. Actually, you can’t open the door just because you want to. Always when they bring something (to eat), they had to knock on your door, and then you’re allowed to open the door.”

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her fourth-round match against China’s Zhang Shuai REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Kvitova highlighted that there were some strict protocols in the quarantine. She also said that she was not aware of them initially and that the hotel receptionist helped her a lot in getting along with the rules.

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“It was very interesting because once I didn’t know if I had food there or not, so I just tried to explain that I was opening the door… (The hotel receptionist) told me that maybe next time I should call reception and she will send somebody up to see if I do have something in front of the door or not. And then she will call me. I said OK, I think it’s easier if I open the door 10 centimetres,” added the World No.9 player.

 “We are able to go out to hit”: Petra Kvitova

Although Kvitova believes that the rules were quite strict, she also said that the players including her were able to go out for training. She mentioned that things were getting a little easier lately and getting better day by day.

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her quarterfinal match against Germany’s Laura Siegemund REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“So it was (strict) from the beginning. I think that things are settling down now and everything is much more smooth. Of course, we are able to go out to hit, finally, so that’s very good as well,” concluded the 2-time Grand Slam winner.

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Kvitova was quite happy that players were able to go for a workout despite some strict protocols. She also said that things had become much more smooth with time in Melbourne.

Petra Kvitova will begin her 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021. Fans expect her to shine and win some silverware in the upcoming season. Will Kvitova be able to lift her maiden Australian Open title in Melbourne this year?

 

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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