WATCH: Where Nadal, Wawrinka, and Other Tennis Stars Are Put Up in Quarantine Ahead of Australian Open 2021

Published 01/15/2021, 5:56 AM EST
A general view of Rod Laver Arena during day six of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)


With the new tennis season about to begin, the Australian Open 2021 is going to be the first major played. However, this time players are being made to follow certain protocols because of the coronavirus pandemic which has put the world into a panic due to its adverse effects.

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Tennis Australia has invested a lot of effort into ensuring a successful event, not just for the players but for the fans as well. Players have arrived in Melbourne and are undergoing the quarantine process. During this period, players will be made to live in a bubble for 14-days before returning to a normal routine. 

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Rafael Nadal to arrive in Adelaide prior to Australian Open 2021

Players such as Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka have already arrived. Rafa has landed in Adelaide ahead of the ‘A Day at the Drive’ event. They’ve posted pictures and clips, providing a glimpse to fans of their current surroundings. In most of the clips, players are seen living in and also working out in their respective suites due to the quarantine protocols. 

Under normal circumstances, players would be seen training at the gym in their hotels rather than in their suites. In another clip, Elina Svitolina can be seen providing fans with a glimpse of her current living quarters. She also posted a short message, which said, “Hello from Melbourne! Thank you Australian Open and everyone who is involved to make this huge effort for events to happen.”

 

2-Time Australian Open winner, Victoria Azarenka, also posted a message upon her arrival in Melbourne which said, “Made it to Melbourne! Thank you, everyone, so much for making it happen. I can only imagine how many hours of work and compromise it took for us to be here! Thank you.”

2018 Australian Open finalist, Simona Halep also thanked the people involved in organizing this event during such a delicate time and said, “Can’t be happier about making it to Australia. Thank you so much Tennis Australia and everyone that helped. Starting my quarantine in D’s beautiful city, Adelaide.”

 

The Russian Daniil Medvedev posted a clip of him settling into his suite at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. Professional tennis player Johanna Konta put up a video of her working out in her room, with the caption, “Let the hotel room workouts begin!”

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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