“If it was in Czech Republic of course it would be different for me as well.
“I can’t complain and I don’t want to, it is how it is.
“It is still one week of preparation [before the Open for players in quarantine] and everything from the off-season should pay off.”
Barty has not played tennis for a year, choosing to take 2020 off after she made the semi-finals of the Australian Open amid a season heavily impacted by the pandemic.
She will return to the court in an exhibiton match against Simona Halep in Adelaide on Friday, before looking to win her second grand slam.
Kvitova has a three win, four loss record against Barty in the past two years after beating her in the 2019 Sydney International final. Kvitova lost to Barty in the quarter finals of the 2020 Australian Open and cannot wait to see her rival back on court.
“I like Ash a lot. Even as my rival, she is one of the nicest on the tour. I am glad she is back and playing,” she said.
The Czech Republic’s world No.9 and two-time Wimbledon champion has also had a break coming into the Australian Open.
She chose to end her season in October, and has benefited from spending time at home with her family before going through a two-week pre-season ahead of coming to Australia.
“I have practised a lot so the feeling of the ball should be there,” the 30-year-old said. “Of course practice and matches are totally different. In the matches it is more about nerves and the mental side so I don’t know.
“I am fresh because my last match was a long time ago and I am really looking forward to playing again.
“It might take a bit longer to get used to playing again but also who knows? Maybe I will go straight into it, we will see.
“I have been thinking about playing less for a few years. I found out last year I can play well with a break, for example at the US Open I was still playing at a good level, even after three months.
“This was a good sign for my body and mind that now at my age I need to think more about scheduling. It has been good to find this out.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.
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