Ash Barty arrived in Rome after a post-Madrid hotel burger and beer and was immediately impressed by sunny spring weather at the Rome Masters.

After losing the final in the chilly Spanish capital on Saturday to Aryna Sabalenka, world No. 1 Barty is preparing for a reboot at the last major WTA event prior to the May 30 start of Roland Garro.

“(I’m) trying to acclimatise to the beautiful weather,” the top seed said on Monday. “It’s been bright sunshine… certainly no complaints.”

The Australian is in no rush for the WTA to follow the example of the ATP, which will begin loosening COVID precautions on players from next week. So far, the women’s body has yet to make an announcement of intentions to do the same.

“Each tournament, each country we go to, they have different rules and regulations,” Barty said. “The WTA abides by (them) for each tournament.

“It’s about keeping everyone safe and healthy and (following) the rules to whatever city we are in

“For me, it’s more about doing the right thing for the right reasons and then knowing that we’ve got an opportunity to play tennis. 

“We need to continue to do the right things and keep everyone safe and healthy.”

Barty last competed in Rome in 2019, losing in the third round to Kristina Mladenovic.


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