World No.1 Ash Barty has revealed she has been training every day as she prepares to make a comeback at the Australian Open next month.
Barty skipped the WTA Finals in Mexico last month because of the tough Australian quarantine rules, but has not let the time away slip by.
“I’ve still been training every day but have managed to have quality time with family and friends,” Barty said this week.
“I’ve been coaching my niece Lucy and a few of her friends every weekend which has been fun, seeing the smiles on their little faces when they play is what the sport is all about.
“This week, tired!” Barty admitted.
“I’ve been working hard on and off court, doing everything I possibly can to get ready for January. The first few weeks of preseason are always tough physically.
“I am proud I was able to finish the year at No. 1, especially after the challenging and unpredictable season,” related Barty, who experienced her longest-ever stint on tour.
“Being away from home for so long was really tough for not only me but my whole team, everyone made sacrifices which I’m very grateful for. We went into 2021 knowing it was going to be an adventure and it definitely was, I wouldn’t change it.”