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Johanna Konta

British No.1 Johanna Konta knows she is one of the lucky ones as the end of her quarantine period ahead of the Australian Open comes into sight.

Players who arrived in Australia earlier this month have been in a strict two-week self-isolation to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Some, including Konta, have had it easier than others as they have been allowed to go out for five hours a day to practice, but 72 others, which includes fellow Briton Heather Watson, have been locked in their hotel rooms following positive Covid-19 cases on flights that had taken them to the country.

Konta is on day 13 of the quarantine and is looking forward to a dose of normality.

"This has definitely been a very different Australia trip so far, but the end is in sight for our quarantine period," she said.

"I am actually in the lucky group, we have about two hours court time, an hour and a half gym time and then an hour to get food and basically get ready to come back.

"A number of players unfortunately have to be in hard lockdown, meaning they haven't left their rooms for about 12 days now. One of them is Heather, so I have been trying to check in with her. Even those five days for me were tough so I can only imagine what Heather is feeling on day 11 or 12, whatever she is on. All credit to her."

Despite the hardship she has gone through, Konta, who has been struggling with a knee injury that blighted her 2020 campaign, is grateful for an opportunity to be able to compete.

"I feel very grateful and very lucky as an athlete to perform, to work, to compete and not a lot of people can say that," she added.

"We are being told there is an opportunity of us having a decent crowd, we haven't experienced that for many months, just shy of a year, so that will be a treat."

Belfast Telegraph


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