Australian Open: Tournament director Tiley rejects quarantine criticism

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Over 70 professionals in quarantine: Tournament director Tiley rejects criticism

Tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia stands on a balcony of “The M Suites” in North Adelaide and watches young fans playing tennis.

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Before the start of the Australian Open, further corona cases cause unrest. The organizers do not want to give in to calls for the quarantine to be relaxed or the games to be shortened.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has turned off the criticism of the quarantine conditions for dozens of participants after several positive corona tests after a phone call with numerous tennis professionals. It is a minority, most players have no problem with the current situation, Australian media quoted Tiley. The Australian Open should start on February 8th.

Australian Open: tennis professionals are not allowed to leave hotel rooms

“There were about 500 players on the call and the vast majority are happy to be here and preparing for the event. The reports we are seeing don’t represent the entire group of players – for the most part, the players are doing really well “said Tiley.

On the charter flights to Melbourne, the number of people who tested positive for the corona virus has now risen to nine. All fellow travelers must be in a strict 14-day quarantine in their hotels as their first contact, including 72 professionals (stern reported). Angelique Kerber, who won the tournament in 2016, is one of them. These professionals are not allowed to leave their hotel rooms or exercise. “This is the price that our guests and everyone who wants to come to Australia has to pay,” Tiley told ABC.

“We need fresh air to breathe”

A change in the format for men’s single games to two sets of wins still ruled out Tiley. “There was no immediate indication from health officials Tuesday that the number of players affected would increase,” Tiley told Nine Network. “We’re a grand slam,” said Tiley. At the moment, the previous regulations are being adhered to.

The professionals who are not directly affected by the cases and who go through the “normal” quarantine for two weeks are allowed to leave the hotel for five hours a day for training and fitness. The criticism of the different treatment and the quarantine conditions is growing.

The Kazakh player Julia Putinzewa, number 28 in the world rankings, posted a photo on Twitter with a sign in front of her closed hotel window. “We need fresh air to breathe,” it reads. The windows could not be opened, she writes, and demands that people have access to fresh air for at least ten minutes a day. The two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Asarenka from Belarus asked for understanding for the situation of all those affected.


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