“Let’s see others train …” – Corriere.it

Hello. Unfortunately one person on your flight to Melbourne tested positive at Covid. You will be in strict quarantine, without opportunity to train, per 14 days.

Playing tennis with the coronavirus, these days, is a mess. 47 tennis players entered in the Australian Open (for now no Italian), 24 on the plane from Los Angeles (79 passengers) and 23 on the flight from Abu Dhabi (64 passengers), are in total isolation in Melbourne: they flew with a Covid case (confirmed that of Sylvain Bruneau, coach of Bianca Andreescu). Breaking the budget of the first seasonal Grand Slam of 80 million dollars, organizing 15 charters full to 20% to bring 1,200 people to Australia, forcing everyone to a negative buffer before embarking not served: the virus landed in Melbourne, the peaceful people aussie they are rebelling via social networks against the invasion that took off from the epicenter of the contagion (Europe and the United States) to the cry of the greasers and 47 players, in turn, are rebelling against the enclosure imposed on them by the Ministry of Health.

Impossible to go to the field after two weeks on the sofa of the hotel the Romanian chirps furiously Sorana Cirstea, prisoner like Stephens, Azarenka, Pospisil, caves, Nishikori, Pella and other. We had not been warned of this rule: if I had known, I would not have come the complaint of the Swiss Belinda Bencic. And the Belgian Kristen Flipkens launches the catchphrase of the next few days: Impossible to play the Australian Open from 8 February: necessary postpone the tournament for a week or two. In short, chaos. Also because in the meantime The best in the world – from Djokovic to Nadal (with Jannik Sinner as designated sparring partner in the 5 hours of air granted to d), from Thiem to Serena Williams – they landed in Adelaide for a performance: they can train, they are housed in an extra-luxury residence, they enjoy more freedom (more people on the staff in tow), they posted a group photo on the pitch that made their colleagues in Melbourne angry. Free for all, the new tennis specialty.

Welcome to the sports playground in the coronavirus era. The huge impasse where Melbourne Grand Slam crashed (swab results are still coming: it is not excluded that the list of 47 inmates will grow) both of warning for all: for the European of itinerant football at the start on 11 June in Rome with Italy-Turkey and for l’Oly Olympics in Tokyo, see i vaccines they will not force the pandemic to withdraw you will compete in bubbles and bubbles, as demonstrated, they are not waterproof. Melbourne residents protest with the organizers of the Australian Open (Cancel the tournament and send everyone home), the Japanese no longer want the Games in the capital swept by a new wave of infections. The hypothesis of considering athletes as a category to be vaccinated urgently would trigger endless controversies: not all clubs have the freedom of action of Uae Emirates, team of the king of the Tour Tadej Pogacar, who vaccinated 27 runners and 32 staff in Abu Dhabi last week.

The Australian Open is a pilot experiment that teaches school. From the quarantine rooms, manned by guards on each floor, photos of trays with hospital meals, windows that cannot be opened, complaints of all kinds arrive via social media: They don’t even want to give me an exercise bike!. Austrian doubler Phillipp Oswald, among the 47 in strict quarantine, vented to Tennisnet.com: The wifi overloaded: it doesn’t work. I asked for a book: they told me no. And the paradox: my room overlooking the tennis courts. I see others training for the Australian Open, I can’t. Psychologically, very hard.

Save Private Oswald, and the virus mutineers.

January 16, 2021 (change January 16, 2021 | 23:41)

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