Barty finding it tricky to train with the same intensity during hiatus

Barty finding it tricky to train with the same intensity during hiatus

"It’s about maintaining for if and when we get an opportunity to play again this year, you can kinda flick that switch and go from there," said the Australian.

Ashleigh Barty is finding it difficult to keep her playing level up while the tour is on hiatus, but she is taking advantage of the time at home. 

"It’s kind of tricky to train with the same intensity," she told the Melbourne Herald Sun. "Now, it’s about maintaining for if and when we get an opportunity to play again this year, you can kinda flick that switch and go from there."

Like most tennis players, she's not used to being home for this long—there has been no professional play for seven weeks due to the pandemic.

"Just kind of sitting back, this is really bizarre," she said. "It has been a bit of an adjustment but also lucky that it’s a time where you get to appreciate the little things."

But the 24-year-old Australian is also staying in contact with fellow players. 

"All these girls I’ve had really good relationships with and am good friends with on a personal level," she said. "We’re also chatting about what could be next for us."

Barty is No. 1 in the WTA rankings.