Garbine Muguruza is taking the good with the bad at this year’s COVID-19 edition of the French Open, with the 2016 Paris champion determined to keep up her spirits despite a constant battle with boredom.

“It’s definitely challenging being the whole time on site or on the hotel.” the 15th seed said after reaching the third round.

I’m trying to be super professional and, like, not allowing myself to disconnect or to distract from the tournament. 

“I feel like I’m back to my first years where there’s not much you can do. You try to bring toys, video games, movies, whatever – everybody has their stuff.”

To ensure a safety bubble for players at the event where a mere 1,000 spectators are allowed around the grounds on any given day, players are restricted to Roland Garros on match days and their hotel or an off-site training facility for the remainder of the time.

“You just have to think that it’s a two-week event and it’s going to be a big effort,” the Geneva-based player said. “You have to be focused and afterwards everybody can enjoy again a little bit more normal life.”

Muguruza said she is deliberately not thinking too far ahead: “I’m here. I want to be here, it is my choice to be playing the tournament. 

“If I didn’t want to be in these circumstances, I’d go home. But I’m excited I have an opportunity to play a Grand Slam. And we have to be humble and accept that this is the way to play safely.”


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