Controversies regarding the new guidelines imposed on players quarantining in Melbourne has made headlines in recent times. Players have expressed their anger and frustration on these new guidelines. Spanish star Roberto Bautista Agut compared the conditions in Melbourne to that of Jail. While Belinda Bencic called these guidelines ‘unfair’.
However, that’s not the case with Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian recently shared her experience during the quarantine in Melbourne and deemed the conditions to be good.
She recently tweeted about her experience in Melbourne. She wrote extensively about specific aspects of her quarantine, and how she is being taken care of by the staff at her hotel.
“My suite is quite spacious and has two rooms. It’s also connected to the room of my coach Andrew Bettles. I won’t complain about the quality of food. We receive three meals per day as well as a voucher for 100 AUD to order something from the hotel and UberEats. I think it’s great as we don’t even spend this sum,” said Svitolina.
She then comments on her practice schedule. “The overall conditions are good. Special staff meets and attends us as well as cleans everything… Each day you select what you are going to do. For instance, I spent my training in the cardio room and Iga Swiatek worked with the weights. So, tomorrow we’ll swap them. The rooms are located at some distance so that players don’t come too close to each other.”
I can’t complain as I am lucky: Svitolina
The Ukrainian then goes on to detail the bifurcation of the hours she is allowed to spend outside her room. “According to the requirements of the isolation, we have 5 hours per day which can be spent outside the hotel room: 2 hours on-court, 2 hours in the gym and an hour for eating…Between the training sessions, the courts are cleaned and disinfected for 30 minutes,” detailed Svitolina.
The 26-year old continues to say, “When I can’t practice, I do some exercises in the room. I begin my day with warming up, then have breakfast, do some bicycle training with Andrew, work with the weights and do some sit-ups. After that I have lunch.”
“I can’t complain as I am lucky not to be put on strict isolation. I have all the necessary conditions and really enjoy being here,” concluded Svitolina.