However, top pick Bertie and his loyal team will maintain a flat-headed outlook for all results – a vision that has enabled him to improve while at the top.
“Of course there is a rule and a routine that we follow, but when we say we’re having fun, it’s one of the most important things we’ve been doing over the last few years – enjoying ourselves and not doing it. Life is very important. Take it, “said Queenslander. “Really be present in this moment and enjoy whatever it is.”
The hype will come for Bertie but, at the moment, it is markedly different in 2022, compared to the previous two campaigns when Barty took the No. 1 ranking in the first big rankings of the year.
He will embrace every moment and every challenge with a smile: Bertie has filmed a campaign for the Uber Eats that will air during the Australian Open.
“Looking at Pat Rafter’s hair burning puts me in a situation I never thought I would, but it was definitely a fun experience,” he said with a smile.
Not only did a memorable 2021 include five titles and a stunning victory at Wimbledon – the injury forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros – but Bertie was engaged to longtime boyfriend Gary Kissick.
And after spending a lot of time on the streets, Bertie – a natural home-body – is a reflection of finally being able to celebrate her Wimbledon heroism in person with family.
“It simply came to our notice then [when it happened] It felt like it was so late, “said Bertie.
“It simply came to our notice then [the significance of it]. I haven’t seen my family in seven and a half months, and it was more exciting than seeing them after Wimbledon, if it made sense.
“Being away from time and being able to meet them first as my mother and father and as my siblings was more important than celebrating the results.”
The focus will eventually shift to Novak Djokovic’s story and to Barty and Co: The No. 1 in the Other World has its own reasons this January.
Although several players on Saturday Saga has apologized for the loss to the sport, Bertie didn’t want to bite.
“I talked a little bit about it last week,” he said. “What Novak is going through – obviously it’s in court right now and we can’t really comment on it. But I have no real interest in talking about it. “
Earlier, in front of the world media, Bertie was pressured into what it meant to be the first Australian winner in Melbourne after Christine O’Neill in 1978.
His message was crystal clear: “I can do nothing more than try. All I can do. If it doesn’t happen, it won’t happen.
“I just have to hope that everyone understands that I am giving it my best crack. It doesn’t always work the way you want it to. But you go the right way about it, you do the right things and try and give yourself the best chance, whatever you can.
“It simply came to our notice then. They’re just trying to do that, do the right thing and give themselves a chance. “
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