GB tennis player Heather Watson runs 5K in her hotel room - Women's Running

GB tennis player Heather Watson runs 5K in her hotel room

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  January 19, 2021

Guernsey-born tennis player Heather Watson is finding ways to keep herself entertained in quarantine – including running 5K around her hotel room

Former British No.1 tennis player Heather Watson was informed on Saturday 16 January that someone on her flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne had tested positive for COVID-19 and that she, along with 72 other professional tennis players, would have to prepare for the Australian Open from the confines of her hotel room to avoid spreading the virus.

Despite pleas from high-profile players that they be moved to private homes with tennis courts to allow them to practise, the tennis stars were informed that they would receive no special treatment and would have to complete their 14-day quarantine period from the confines of their individual hotel rooms.

Watson has kept things positive, however, by entertaining herself and her Twitter following with some quarantine challenges, including a 5K run round her hotel room!

She shared the video of her sped-up run on social media on Sunday, completing lap after lap of the longest section of the room.

Her followers replied showing their support and congratulating her on the achievement, with a few expressing concern for her downstairs neighbours!

Watson has since followed up her 5K challenge with a ball-less tennis session and a set of squat-presses using the hotel furniture – follow her on Twitter for more quarantine antics.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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