July 26, 2021

No changes to quarantine rules for Aus Open players

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Novak Djokovic receives blunt response to demands for players to go to private housing; Australia has reported a total of more than 28,600 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began, with border closures and speedy tracking systems keeping numbers relatively low

Last Updated: 18/01/21 9:22am

Novak Djokovic has reportedly made several requests for players who are in lockdown in Melbourne Novak Djokovic has reportedly made several requests for players who are in lockdown in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic has reportedly made several requests for players who are in lockdown in Melbourne

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews refused to make any changes to quarantine rules for Australian Open players on Monday, after a list of requests from world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

The defending champion reportedly sent a letter to officials at the first Grand Slam of the year with several requests for players who are in lockdown in Melbourne.

There are now 72 players in hard quarantine after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne.

That means they won’t be allowed to leave their hotel rooms or practice for 14 days, creating a two-speed preparation period for the tournament.

Other players in less rigorous quarantine will be allowed to practice for five hours daily, including the likes of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the biosecurity protocols would not be changed Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the biosecurity protocols would not be changed

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the biosecurity protocols would not be changed

“People are free to provide lists of demands, but the answer is no,” said Andrews.

“And that was very clearly put, that was very clearly laid out beforehand. So the notion that there’s been any change, the notion that people weren’t briefed, I think that argument really has no integrity whatsoever, and don’t just take my word for it.

“You’ve got other players, who I think on social media and in other forums have made it clear that they were clear on the rules, and I probably can’t be any plainer than that.”

Health authorities in Victoria state have now reported nine infections among passengers who arrived on charter flights for the Australian Open, which starts on February 8.

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley says the Grand Slam will be going ahead as planned Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley says the Grand Slam will be going ahead as planned

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley says the Grand Slam will be going ahead as planned

“I think the people who tested positive thus far were probably exposed before they got on the flights,” Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said.

“But it will be the test results in coming days that will give us a picture of whether anyone’s had infection transmitted to them on a flight.”

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley said on Sunday the tournament would start as scheduled.

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