Australian Open 2021 Bubble

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.
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The Melbourne sign at Rod Laver Arena. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Where is the Australian Open 2021 bubble located?

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The Australian Open 2021 bubble is located in two cities. The major one is in Melbourne and another one is in Adelaide.

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Melbourne hosts majority of the players like Victoria Azarenka, Elina Svitolina, Kei Nishikori, Sofia Kenin, etc.
And Adelaide has the elite players. Namely, Novak DjokovicRafael NadalDominic ThiemAshleigh BartySimona HalepNaomi Osaka, and Serena Williams are quarantining in Adelaide.
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2020 Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic and runner-up Dominic Thiem. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2021 bubble dates

All players arrived in Australia on January 15th. From there they served their 14-day quarantine until January 29th.

Australian Open 2021 bubble training location

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.
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A general view of Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Conditions and rules for the Australian Open bubble

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.
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An Australian Open flag is seen. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

How is the Australian Open 2021 bubble effecting the players?

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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.

What is the cost of the Australian Open bubble?

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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.