Inside Ash’s plans for a dominant 2021
After staying at home last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ash Barty is planning on returning to a full overseas schedule in a bid to retain her No.1 ranking.
The 2019 French Open champion is set to spend most of the year away from Australia, instead basing herself in Europe where COVID-19 is still a major issue.
Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer confirmed on the eve of her Australian Open quarter-final that plans were well down the track for a very different 2021 season.
"We're planning on going to the Middle East.," Tyzzer said. "We've entered Doha, Dubai and Miami and we'll head off to those tournaments.
"Because of the quarantine arrangements here, we won't come back for a while. We'll be away for a while if we go.
"We're hoping that we'll set up some sort of base somewhere probably in Europe where we can at least switch off and relax and spend some time away from tennis, maybe a bit of golf for Ash.
"We're yet to finalise anything in that regard. But yeah, we're planning on being away for a while."
Barty elected not to defend her French Open crown last year instead preferring to spend time with family and friends in Brisbane.
The Tokyo Olympics are also on the radar should the Games go ahead as planned in July.
"She's down to play, she's pretty keen to play and we're hoping for her that it goes ahead," Tyzzer said.
"She's very excited. She was disappointed last year that she didn't get to play. Hopefully it will happen this year and we're still getting information that it is still on.
"But she's keen to play, and obviously we'll go."
Originally published as Inside Ash's plans for a dominant 2021