Daria Gavrilova, like other tennis players, has also been sharing updates about her off-court life with her fans and followers on her social media channels. The Australian player posted a picture of hers with her dog, a few days ago.
Captioning it, she said, "It's just less awkward to pose with him."
Daria Gavrilova's sneak-peaks into off-court life
The 26-year-old did not play much in 2020 after continuing to be sidelined with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis that dogged her since the 2019 US Open.
In one of her social media posts back in September 2019, Gavrilova had highlighted how difficult it had been for her to try and compete because of her physical pain. "Even though I was able to play through pain (in 2019), it all got a little too much for me and my motivation wasn’t there anymore," she had said.
Gavrilova was forced to skip the 2020 Australian Open, too, as she was still recuperating from her injuries. However, before she could make it back to the court again post the Australian Open, the tour getting shut down because of the pandemic halted her plans and forced her to remain without playing matches.
In 2020, Gavrilova played two tournaments. The first was the $80,000 ITF event in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, in France in September. Coming through the qualifying draw, Gavrilova reached the quarter-final before losing to Belarus' Viktoriya Tomova.
She then played the French Open. At Roland Garros, she caused an upset over the 24th seeded Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska in the first round before losing to former semi-finalist, Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. Gavrilova used her protected ranking to gain an entry into the main draw I Paris.
Despite the fewer number of tournaments she played, the Australian said in one of her interviews that 2020 was relatively pain-free for her. "My last year was so bad, I’m not going to lie, that this year feels better." Away from the court, Daria Gavrilova is engaged to be married to fellow Australian tennis pro, Luke Saville.