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For Women’s Tennis, Coronavirus Mixes Preparation, Novelty

Postby PonyPride » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:13 pm

From dailycampus.com:

For Women’s Tennis, Coronavirus Presents Mix of Preparation and Novelty
By Kevin Reynolds

By mid-afternoon on a typical day in Alabama, Claudia Bartolome has just finished her array of online classes and is wrapping up a near-daily run. These days, she is not only trying to keep pace athletically, but also with the nearly endless barrage of text messages and calls from her teammates, family and coaches.

If she does dare to glance at her phone at the end of a workout, another wave of check-in messages surely awaits her, coming from all parts of the globe. Sitting down in the Alabama sun, nobody would blame Bartolome for escaping the virtual conversations for just a second and letting her mind wander off to how she got there, and how the last three weeks have unfolded.

If she were to let her thoughts veer, however, they wouldn’t gravitate toward Turpin Stadium, SMU’s state-of-the-art facility, and the tennis matches that have gone unplayed. Instead, she would think about her family in Torredembarra, Spain, where her parents have been quarantined for weeks. Her life, along with the handful of international players also on SMU women’s tennis team, looks much different now than it did in February.

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