The coronavirus pandemic forced the Australian authorities to create a bio-bubble for the Australian Open 2021. The Australian Open 2021 bubble has been carefully created to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
The Australian Open 2021 bubble is located in two cities. The major one is in Melbourne and another one is in Adelaide.
All players arrived in Australia on January 15th. From there they served their 14-day quarantine until January 29th.
The Australian government has allocated three exclusive venues in Melbourne for the players to practice during the quarantine. The Melbourne Park, the National Tennis Centre, and the Albert Reserve are to be used for training by the players who quarantined in Melbourne.
The elite few who quarantined in Adelaide practice at the Memorial Park Tennis Club.
The Australian Open bubble is one of the tightest quarantine bubbles. Like in every bubble, players will be confined in their hotel rooms and will be under strict supervision.
Players are allowed up to five hours of training daily. There are securely transported from their hotel rooms to the training venues. Further, they are tested daily and a negative test gave them the clearance to practice each day.
The Australian Open bubble wasn’t far from problems. On the first day, many players were put under stricter lockdown as the chartered planes in which they came to Australia had COVID-19 positive passengers.
Some players also complained about the food they were served while in quarantine. Many completed of being served cold and pale food far from their liking.
Setting up a bio-bubble is very expensive and requires a lot of personals. Thus Tennis Australia will bear a cost close to $100 million.