The 2021 season is already shaping up to be one of unique circumstances, with 72 players needing to complete a two-week full quarantine in their Australia hotel rooms, and the remainder of the competitors allowed out of their rooms a maximum of five hours a day for practice.
"I'm worried, I already am the type of guy that likes to get out and likes to be outside," said Reilly Opelka in the weeks leading up to Melbourne. "My biggest issue is just mentally how I'm gonna be. It kind of wears me down when I feel trapped and I feel like my whole life's revolving around tennis."
Despite the challenge, players are finding ways to make the best of their time in isolation—or at least ways to approach it with a sense of fun. To pass the time, they've made entertaining videos of their quarantine activities, such as simulated tennis from...
@daryakasatkina ♬ Eye of the Tiger - From "Rocky" - Rock Guitar Version Originally Performed by Survivor - Msmd
Grand slam preparation ???? pic.twitter.com/ALvc4EugN6— Yulia Putintseva (@PutintsevaYulia) January 17, 2021
Then there's surfing with Pablo Cuevas:
Pablo Cuevas ???????? (????Cuevas instagram) pic.twitter.com/SJe2ErQcXr— Rena (@_irenka23_) January 17, 2021
In-room work out sessions from Heather Watson:
5k ???? pic.twitter.com/oL2Qehg2LE— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) January 17, 2021
And Iga Swiatek:
And nutrition insight from Frances Tiafoe:
Lol Foe’s snacks pic.twitter.com/PCyoq9CGPb— C’mon Museum! (@ChumJetzeAnyone) January 17, 2021
At some point, leaving the room will be come a reality and Elina Svitolina is ready for it:
The ATP and WTA Australian Open lead-up events are slated to begin on Jan. 31.