‘No particular therapy’ for tennis stars


Novak Djokovic pictured in his hotel room in Adelaide
Novak Djokovic – the boys’s world primary – is quarantining with different high gamers in Adelaide, the place they’re allowed out of their resort to practise

Gamers residing beneath strict quarantine guidelines after arriving for the Australian Open will get “no particular therapy”, says Victorian premier Daniel Andrews.

Seventy-two gamers are confined to their resort rooms in Melbourne for 14 days after optimistic coronavirus take a look at outcomes on flights sure for the occasion.

At the least 9 contaminated individuals – together with one participant – are in quarantine, officers say.

“The virus does not deal with you specifically, so neither will we,” Andrews stated.

Some gamers have complained the tougher 14-day quarantine was pointless.

With the Grand Slam match set to begin on 8 February, gamers are resorting to hitting balls in opposition to the partitions and home windows of their rooms to remain sharp.

“I do know there’s been a little bit of chatter from quite a lot of gamers in regards to the guidelines,” Andrews stated.

“The principles apply to them as they apply to all people else and so they have been all briefed on that earlier than they got here and that was the situation on which they got here.

“So there isn’t any particular therapy right here.”

The affected gamers have been deemed shut contacts of the 4 Covid-19 circumstances on the three planes which arrived from Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

French participant Alize Cornet, who will not be one of many 72 gamers affected, apologised after initially saying the choice to maintain them inside their room was “insane”.

Kazakhstan’s world quantity 28 Yulia Putintseva stated the gamers had not been informed they’d be confined to their rooms if one particular person on the entire flight examined optimistic.

Others stated that they had been made conscious of the doable situation by match bosses.

Gordon Reid, Britain’s two-time males’s wheelchair Grand Slam champion, is among the many gamers confined to his room and says it’s a “minority which can be kicking up a fuss”.

“However the majority of the time that minority are the loudest,” the Scot added.

The girlfriend of Australian participant Bernard Tomic put a video on social media detailing their expertise of quarantine in a resort up to now, saying they’ve been taking part in video video games for 11 hours a day, ordering their very own meals fairly than consuming what was being offered, and washing their plates within the toilet sink.

The gamers who haven’t been pressured into the harder restrictions are allowed out of their rooms for as much as 5 hours each day.

Follow has lastly acquired underway at Melbourne Park after delays brought on by Covid testing and transport issues.

Many gamers had their periods cancelled whereas take a look at outcomes have been confirmed- usually ready of their room for transport which by no means arrived.

Tennis Australia says it has been a “difficult few days” whereas they labored to make sure everybody’s security as follow begins.

“We perceive this has been irritating for the gamers and apologise,” a spokesperson informed the BBC.

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