British No.1 Johanna Konta knows she is one of the lucky ones as she approaches the end of her quarantine period ahead of the Australian Open.
Players who arrived in Australia earlier this month have been undergoing a strict two-week quarantine 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 practise, but 72 others have been locked in their hotel rooms completely 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 told ITV’s Lorraine program. “Hopefully once that ends we can get back to some normality.
“I am actually in the lucky group that is able to go out for five hours a day to practise, 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.
“I have been very lucky, we have a number of players here who unfortunately have to be in hard lockdown, meaning they haven’t left their rooms for about 12 days now.
“It is a very different experience, it is not something I have experienced before and hopefully I won’t have to do too much of this again in the future.
“Even for us lucky ones in the first five days we weren’t allowed out while things were getting sorted for us to be able to go and practise.”
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.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity of playing, hopefully playing in front of a crowd.
“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.”