Botic van de Zandschulp will make his debut at an ATP tournament next week. Although the number 158 in the world is missing two weeks of tennis training due to a quarantine period, it still plans to participate in one of the preparatory tournaments at the Australian Open.
“ I havent touched a racket for two weeks, but I still have two or three days to train,” says Van de Zandschulp (25) from his hotel room in Melbourne, where he has been in a strict quarantine for over a week. “I havent been out once and havent even been able to see my coach yet.”
Initially, Van de Zandschulp would make his appearance in the qualifications at one of the preparatory tournaments in Melbourne. In order to meet the players in quarantine, it was decided to increase the schedule of the main tournament to 56, which means that Van de Zandschulp does not have to play qualifications and thus can start later.
Van de Zandschulp placed in Doha earlier this month through the qualifiers for the main tournament of the Australian Open. Because on his flight from Doha to Melbourne someone tested positive for the coronavirus, all occupants are not allowed to leave their hotel room for two weeks. Other players are allowed five hours per day from their room, to train.
The Australian Open starts on February 8th. Preparation tournaments will start on 1 February. At the end of January, the quarantine period is over.
Haase approaching main tournament
Robin Haase (33) is close to participating in the Australian Open. After a series of unsubscriptions, he only needs one cancellation to be admitted to the main tournament as so-called lucky loser.
Haase lost earlier this month in Doha in the final round of the qualifying tournament. Partly because the number 198 of the world at the Australian Open also comes into action in doubles, he travelled to Melbourne.
In recent days, the Portuguese João Sousa and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain have unlisted, so there are already several lucky losers. These are added to the schedule when canceled, in order of their ranking.
Haase competed eleven times before in the first grandslam tournament of the year. Last year he was missing because he preferred to play challenger tournaments.