Australian Open 2021 news, social updates from Down Under

18 Janvier, 2021, 16:10 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • 72 players in lockdown ahead of Australian Open after virus cases on flights The sun sets behind Melbourne Park

Everyone on board was considered to be close contacts and ordered not to leave their hotel rooms for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

What rules are the players complaining about?


Meanwhile, those players who did not arrive in Australia via a COVID-19 affected flight are continuing to prepare with their allotted five hours of training time, but are otherwise subject to the same strict isolation protocols that have been put in place to safeguard the wider Australian community.

A positive case was reported late on Sunday from the third flight which landed a day earlier and had ferried 58 passengers from Doha, where the Grand Slam's qualifiers were held.

The organizers imposed a strict two-week hotel quarantine without practice outside on 47 players, including Japan's Nishikori Kei.

"Basically Tennis Australia, the organisers, they told us the risks that we were going to be undertaking, and they did mention that if somebody tests positive on the flight, it's going to be up to the health authorities to decide whether to quarantine all the flight or just isolate compartments of the plane".

Tiley said there were no plans to delay the Australian Open any further _ it's already starting three weeks later than usual _ although organizers were reviewing the schedule for the warmup tournaments starting February 1 to find ways to make it easier for those players in strict quarantine to prepare. Some players have gone so far as to say they would not have come if they had known about the quarantine rule.

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"What I don't understand is that why no-one ever told us, if one person onboard is positive, the whole plane need to be isolated..."

"So the notion that there's been any change, the notion that people weren't briefed - I think that that argument really has no integrity whatsoever, and don't just take my word for it". That's why we had the player groups in cohorts.

Sylvain Bruneau, coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, revealed he tested positive for the virus after flying to Melbourne from Abu Dhabi and offered apologies to fellow passengers now confined to quarantine.

The first five COVID-19 cases connected to the Australian Open arrived on flights from Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar. He had tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours before the flight's departure. This takes the total number of players who can not leave their hotel for the next 14 days to 72.

"I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone's shoulders sharing my flight", he said in a statement. You've got other players who, I think on social media and in other forums, have made it clear that they were clear on the rules. Both are reportedly in good health and among a growing list of players, coaches and officials confined to quarantine. "There's no special treatment here". "People are free to provide a list of demands, but the answer is no. So I doubt I'm going to play this event", she said.

While most players touched down in Melbourne, superstars including Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka instead flew into Adelaide - across two flights - for an exhibition tournament.


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