World No. 1 Ash Barty, of Australia, says it has been a bit tricky to train when the players are not sure about when they will be able to get back on the court. Barty celebrated her 24th birthday on Friday and she is in Brisbane with her boyfriend Gary Kissick, who is a golfer.
Speaking to the Sunday Herald Sun, the reigning French Open champion says, "It’s kind of tricky to train with the same intensity as always. Obviously, we’re still not sure when we’ll go back. Now, it’s about maintaining for if and when we get an opportunity to play again this year, you can kinda flick that switch and go from there.
Just kind of sitting back, this is really bizarre. You’re preparing for that (hardcourt) swing and then you’re on a plane back to Australia." Barty says that she has been in touch with some of her countrywomen in Australia and says now may be the best time to appreciate the time with family and good health.
“All these girls I’ve had really good relationships with and am good friends with on a personal level. We’re also chatting about what could be next for us and everyone is trying to get that new information.
Overall, it’s been a bit of an adjustment but also lucky that it’s a time where you get to appreciate the little things in life, which is your health and your family”. Barty said she had also contacted Richmond captain Trent Cotchin seeking advice on dealing with the shutdown.
Cotchin is an Australian rules footballer who plays for and captains the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League.