“My love for Greece is something I cannot possibly put into words,” tennis champ Maria Sakkari told Neos Kosmos while in hotel quarantine in Melbourne.

At a time when tennis stars have been in the media spotlight, with complaints about the conditions of hard lockdown and the effects that this will have on their game at the Australian Open, Ms Sakkari’s positive energy has not been affected.

Dynamic, disciplined and focused on her goal, she said she looks forward to playing and seeing her Greek fans in the tennis court.

In one of your past interviews, you stated that, tennis, which means a lot to you, allows you to have a “taste” of life and has taught you many important and valuable life lessons. Through tennis you have faced different situations and different people. Will tennis be your “antidote” to quarantine?

Of course. Tennis is always an “antidote” to a lot of things. This situation is yet another experience. This is something I could talk about with my own children one day, just like my own grandparents tell me stories from their life. I only hold onto the positive side of each experience. Whoever deals with the current situation in the right way will come out of it stronger. If I can keep my physical condition to the level that it is now, I am positive that everything will run smoothly. I have already played a few matches in Abu Dhabi, which is very important to me, coming out of the quarantine.

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The full version of the above interview will be in the print edition of Neos Kosmos on Saturday, 23 January.