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Angelique Kerber: Didn’t know if I could make it to Melbourne – sports mix

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Angelique Kerber: Didn't know if I could make it to Melbourne - sports mix

She got it too!Tennis star Angelique Kerber (33) had Corona. She made it public on Instagram on January 7th. Three days before the Australian Open, the former number 1 in the world spoke about it in detail for the first time. Kerber: “It hit me a week after the start of training in December. I had a fever for the first few days, I didn’t taste anything. ”In her adopted home of Poland, she immediately went into quarantine. “2021 ended the way it started, with isolation.” A year ago, she had to go into the tough two-week lockdown in Melbourne. Angelique Kerber on Friday at the facility in Melbourne Photo: Frank Molter / dpa Of course, that threw her back in training for the new season. The all-clear came only two days before Christmas: “I’m in Frankfurt to see my doctors. The checks were good, I was allowed to train again. I felt good, everything came back quickly,” she says.The three-time Grand Slam winner found no answer to where she got infected. “I went through the scenario a thousand times. Anyway, I was glad I was vaccinated. You never know if you will get Long Covid. I didn’t panic directly, but I had real respect for it.”
Despite this experience, the Kiel resident is holding back on the Novak Djokovic case. The Serb entered the country unvaccinated and is in danger of losing his visa because he seems to have obtained it by giving false information. Kerber: “I hope tennis will soon be in the positive headlines again. Would I throw him out? I understand the people of Melbourne who have had the toughest lockdown ever and rules are rules that apply to everyone. But I don’t know about the exceptions. I can’t say how I would decide.” Despite two weeks without training and corona disease, Angelique Kerber looks in top shape in Melbourne Photo: Diego Fedele / dpa Kerber meets Estonian Kaia Kanepi (36) in the first round. “I didn’t know if I would be fit until Melbourne. I had to cancel the tournament in Sydney, so I have no match practice. So my expectations are really low. I’m glad I’m here at all,” she says.But that is not as important for them in the current world situation and with the experiences of December as it was before. “We are still in the pandemic. So many people are losing their livelihoods, struggling to survive. We athletes are so privileged that we can travel. Sport should always come second.”


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