Ash Barty and her coach are preparing for the long haul this tennis season, with the Australian ready to stay away from home until possibly this autumn’s end of the WTA season.

The top seed and defending champion (2019) at the Miami Masters spelled out her convoluted travel plans after reaching the four round 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday over fellow former Grand Slam winner Jelena Ostapenko.

Barty and coach Craig Tyzzer flew out of Brisbane earlier this month for world No. 1 player’s return to tennis after more than a year at home due to draconian Aussie COVID restrictions,

While she has just completed only her second match outside of Oz since returning to Brisbane to ride out the pandemic last March, Barty is now prepared for a lengthy and logistically complex season.

In one scenario, she might not be back to face Australia’s mandatory two-week hotel quarantine until November.

“It’s difficult to plan more than a week or two ahead,” Barty said. “We’re prepared to stay away for the whole season.

“There’s not a lot of space in the tournament calendar to fit in two weeks of quarantine.

“We plan to be away until at least after the (September) US Open and potentially to the end of the season.

“Right now, I’m excited to be playing Miami, and then Charleston. After that there’s not much time until Stuttgart (starting April 19).”


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