Victoria Azarenka Makes Heartfelt Plea to Players Quarantined at the Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/19/2021, 6:50 AM EST
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


Tennis great Novak Djokovic is currently in Australia. He will be seen at the one-day exhibition event in Adelaide, ‘A Day at the Drive’, before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open. Novak recently issued a list of provisions for players in quarantine at the Australian Open. Soon after, Victoria Azarenka issued a statement asking for her colleagues to be cooperative during these trying times.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players have been issued protocols keeping their well-being in mind. The virus spreads with ease, which makes it more critical for individuals to take utmost care of themselves. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Victoria Azarenka (R) of Belarus talks with Serena Williams (L) of the United States after winning their Women’s Singles semifinal match on Day Eleven of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Azarenka urges adapting and accepting

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The former Australian Open champion posted on Twitter and stated, “We have a global pandemic, nobody has a clear playbook of how to operate at full capacity, and without a glitch, we all have seen it last year. Sometimes things happen and we need to accept, adapt, and keep moving! I would like to ask all my colleagues for cooperation, understanding, and empathy for the local community that has been going through a lot of very demanding restrictions that they did not choose, but were forced to follow.”

Victoria Azarenka: Things are easy when you work together

The Belarusian player further added, “I would like to ask all of us to have respect for people who work tirelessly to try to make our lives easier… I would like for the people in the community to know and understand that we have it as our top priority to ensure the health safety of all the people. Lastly, I would like for us to please try to support each other as much as someone can or is willing to. Things are always easier when you have a compassionate environment and work together.” 

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Her words were acknowledged by Tennis Australia president Craig Tiley who wrote, Your words are much appreciated. Thank you for your support Victoria Azarenka, it means a lot to us.”

This post comes not long after Serbian ace Novak Djokovic put forth a list of suggestions before Tennis Australia, discussing certain provisions for quarantined players. With less than three weeks to go for the first major, things are heating up in Australia. 

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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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