The Spanish Roberto Bautista together with your coach, Pepe Vendrell, travels to Australia this Wednesday to begin the previous quarantine and be able to compete in the first tournaments of the season: the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.
The player from Castellón, who ended last season earlier than desired due to an injury to his right elbow, returns to competition in Australia, where he plans to participate in the ATP Cup, being the number 2 player of the Spanish team and, later, in the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.
Due to the pandemic caused by covid-19, the players, and the small equipment they carry, have to quarantine prior to the Australian appointments. During this time, they will only be able to leave the hotel for 5 hours a day to train with the same partner.
In the first week in Melbourne, Baptist will exercise with the Russian Daniil Medvedev, number 4 in the ATP ranking. The canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and italian Matteo berrettini they will be your training partners in the second week.
“It is an atypical situation when preparing a tournament, so we must carefully measure the hours of training and the hours of rest to get to compete in the best possible state in Melboune,” said his coach Pepe Vendrell.
After weeks of rest and recovery of the elbow, Roberto Bautista and Pepe Vendrell finished preparing the season with Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moyá at the Nadal academy in Mallorca.
Bautista thus begins his sixteenth season as a professional, and from thirteenth position in the ATP ranking. For his part, it should be noted that Pepe Vendrell will act as captain of the Spanish team in the ATP Cup.