Tennis star’s hotel quarantine training goes horribly wrong with painful mishit
Tennis star Sebastian Korda's hotel quarantine training has gone horribly wrong after he shared a painful mishit with his fans on social media.
Korda has been confined to a hotel room in Adelaide after testing positive for Covid upon arrival in Australia ahead of this month's Australian Open.
To pass the time while quarantining, the 21-year-old has been training in his room and shared footage of him hitting a tennis ball against the wall above his bed.
However, one mishit had painful consequences for the world number 41 as the ball ricocheted back off the wall and smacked him in the crotch.
Korda shared footage of the mishap on Twitter and wrote: “Landed in Adelaide and tested positive. No symptoms and two negative results since testing positive.
"Respecting all the local Covid protocols and training in my room but I have to work on my ball control, literally.”
Korda is the son of former Czech tennis player and 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, who is now a member of his son's coaching team.
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The young American had been due to play in the Adelaide International warm-up event ahead of the Australian Open, which is set to begin on January 17.
Instead, though, he has been forced to prepare for the year's first grand slam by training in his hotel room until his quarantine period ends.
The draw for this year's tournament has yet to take place but reigning champion Novak Djokovic has dominated the headlines ahead of the start of the competition.
Djokovic landed in Australia on Wednesday having received an exemption to excuse him for not being fully vaccinated against Covid.
However, an error from someone within his team meant he was detained upon arrival in the country before later having his exemption revoked and his visa cancelled.
It is unclear at present as to whether he will get the opportunity to defend his title and attempt to win a fourth-straight Australian Open crown.
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