“Taken Out of Context”: Roberto Bautista Agut Apologizes After Calling Australian Open 2021 Bubble a ‘Jail’

Published 01/19/2021, 9:24 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 29: Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain plays a forehand against Steve Johnson of United States during Day 1 of the Rolex Paris Masters on October 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 bubble has been tough on players. But Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut got into trouble as he compared life under the bubble with that in prison. He has now issued an apology and iterated that his words were taken out of context.

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In a tweet, Bautista Agut issued his apology.

“I want to apologize to everyone who has been offended by the video that was posted about me recently. It is a private conversation taken out of context that has unfortunately been released to the media without my knowledge or my consent.”

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Roberto Bautista Agut during his match. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Further, Bautista Agut assured everybody that he and his entourage are following every guideline issued by the Australian government.

“Both my coach and I are following the protocols designed by the Australian Government and Tennis Australia to avoid any risk and guarantee to compete again in a safe way. These are hard times for athletes and for society in general.”

What did Roberto Bautista Agut say?

The 32-year-old got into trouble as he criticized the Australian Open 2021 bubble. Furthermore, Bautista Agut had criticized the government of Australia, which irked a lot of people and drew heavy backlash from the Australian crowd.

“These people has no idea about tennis, about practise courts, has no idea about anything,” Roberto said. “So, it’s a complete disaster because of the control of everything. It’s not Tennis Australia, it’s the people from the government.”

Australian Open court in Melbourne Park. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Other problems with the Australian Open 2o21 bubble

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The Australian Open bubble has had other controversies as well. Over 72 players are now placed under stricter quarantine. These players, unfortunately, flew with COVID-19 patients on their flight and thus are now been barred from practice.

The food has drawn the ire of the players as well as it has not been up to the liking of the players. All these issues prompted World No.1 Novak Djokovic to send a number of demands to the Australian government. But his demands were rejected and further invited criticism from the government as well as the Australian crowd.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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