Tennis Players Unhappy With Unclear Quarantine Rules at Australian Open 2021 Amid COVID-19 Havoc

Published 01/16/2021, 12:15 PM EST
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Australian Open had to implement strict rules. However, nobody knew how strict these rules were until a recent incident took place.

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Players on 2 charter flights to Melbourne were quarantined after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19. They are not going to be able to train for 2 weeks which is not good as the event starts on February 8th.

Every player who was quarantined is certainly not happy about this decision and some expressed their outrage on Twitter. The player who began this was World No. 28 Yulia Putintseva who said that she was not informed about this rule.

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World No. 88 Sorana Cirstea also agreed with Putintseva on the topic. She said that she wouldn’t have traveled to Australia if she knew about the rule. In addition to that, she also talked about the time it would take to regain her fitness after a two-week quarantine.

More Players Express Their Outrage At Australian Open Rules

Former World No. 13 Kirsten Flipkens also joined in this rant. She was very upset as many players were training very hard for this event and that they were not aware of the rule regarding flight travel. Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa also had this complaint

Clearly, players are very upset about being confined to a room because of rule they were not aware of. However, what makes it even worse is that their rooms are not meeting sanitary requirements. Here is a very disturbing tweet by Putintseva which shows a rat running inside her room.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: A ballboy on court during a match between Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. It was during day four of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Players are visible unhappy about the COVID-19 rules at the 2021 Australian Open. Due to quarantine, they are not able to prepare and hence, they might have to miss the event this year. Hopefully, at the upcoming events, the various protocols will be a lot clearer for them.

 

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