The Corona situation in front of the Australian Open remains tense and unclear. Also on Tuesday, the authorities reported three more positive cases, two of which are supposed to concern tennis professionals.
At least the health minister of the state of Victoria, Brett Sutton, reported this in a statement. The trio –a woman in her twenties and two men in her thirties- is in hotel quarantine, the announcement said.
Tournament director Craig Tiley immediately rejected the presentation. No,”Tiley replied at a press conference to such a question. Among the six cases from the Australian Open quota plus the one that was a flight attendant, there are no players,”Tiley said. The head of the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season, scheduled to start on February 8th with three weeks delay in Melbourne Park, tried on Tuesday to smooth the waves. The spaghetti combines the interests of the tennis console of around 1000-persons on the one hand and those of the inhabitants of Victoria who have lived for months under strict corona conditions on the other hand, But more and more as a Herculean task for Tiley.
Also Kerber locked in the hotel room
It was not a good idea for the Australians that numerous tennis professionals had complained loudly about having to quarantine for two weeks and not being allowed to leave the hotel, Because people tested positive for Corona on their charter flights.
Tiley wavered the criticism after a telephone switch with numerous tennis pros. It was a minority, most players had no problem with the current situation, Australian media quoted Tiley. “It is a minority, most players do not have a problem with the current situation.” The reports we are seeing do not represent the whole group of players –mostly the players behave really well,”Tiley said.
Local mayor Bernard Tomic and his friend Vanessa Sierra in particular had caused discomfort among their compatriots with videos in the social media. Other professionals had also complained, the world ranking-13. Roberto Bautista Agut described the conditions “as in prison –only with W-Lan.” The Spaniard apologized on Tuesday and assured that he and his trainer would follow all the rules.
To the more than 70 affected, who are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms for two weeks includes Angelique Kerber, who won the tournament 2016.” This is the price that our guests and anyone who wants to come to Australia must pay,”Tiley told the station”ABC”.
Format change in men-individuals is not an issue
However, there were discussions on Tuesday that some of the isolated could have relaxing in the near future, Because some people tested positiv e on charter flights had new classifications of health authorities. In some cases, they could be people who had Covid-19 in the past but who, despite a positive test, were no longer contagious. But Victoria’s Health Minister Sutton refused to confirm it. There are currently no relaxation plans for those affected.
Meanwhile Tiley ruled out a change of format for the men-individuals from three to two winning sets.” We are a Grand Slam,”Tiley said. The professionals who are not directly affected by the cases, who complete the “normal” quarantine for two weeks, can leave the hotel for training and fitness five hours a day.
These include the two German French-Open winners in the double, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. It is an extremely difficult situation for everyone,”Mies said on the TV channel”Sky.” We have all been preparing for the Australian Open for weeks, and then you have to go into the hard lockdown and are locked up for 14 days, so you can imagine how you feel physically and mentally afterwards.”He was happy to get out five hours a day.