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

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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 speaks about it in detail for the first time.

Kerber: “It caught me a week after training started in December. I had a fever for the first few days, I didn’t taste anything. ”In her adopted homeland, Poland, she immediately went into quarantine. “In 2021, the way it started, ended with isolation.” A year ago, she had to go into tough lockdown in Melbourne for two weeks.

Photo: Frank Molter / dpa

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Angelique Kerber on Friday at the Melbourne facilityPhoto: 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 going to see my doctors in Frankfurt. 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 where she was infected. “I’ve gone through the scenario a thousand times. In any case, I was glad I was vaccinated. You never know if you will get Long Covid. I didn’t panic straight away, but I had real respect for it. “

Despite this experience, the woman from Kiel is holding back on the Novak Djokovic case. The Serb entered the country unvaccinated and threatens to lose his visa because he apparently obtained it with false information.

Kerber: “I hope tennis is in the positive headlines again soon. Would I throw him out? I understand the Melbourne residents who have had the toughest lockdown ever, and rules are rules that apply to everyone. But I don’t know what about the exceptions. I can’t say how I would decide. “

Trotz zwei Wochen ohne Training und Corona-Erkrankung sieht Angelique Kerber in Melbourne topfit ausPhoto: Diego Fedele / dpa

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Despite two weeks without training and corona illness, Angelique Kerber looks in top shape in MelbournePhoto: Diego Fedele / dpa

Kerber meets Estonian Kaia Kanepi (36) in the first round. “I didn’t know if I would be fit by 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 in the current world situation and with the experiences of December that is not as important as 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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