Three weeks after the start of the Australian Open, Covid has landed in Melbourne. Risking an organizational disaster. Cases of positivity were found on two of the charter flights that brought some of the players to Australia: the tournament organizers at the start on February 8 reported that 47 players (including 24 on the Los Angeles-Melbourne flight, among them there is no blue Gianluca Mager, who left the US on board another plane, and 23 boarded the Abu Dhabi-Melbourne flight) will have to remain isolated in their hotel rooms for 14 days.
Among the players involved are, among others, Vika Azarenka, Kei Nishikori, Pablo Cuevas, Guido Pella, Juan Ignacio Londero and Sloane Stephens. From the Emirates, however, also arrived Fabio Fognini, which on its Instagram Stories has already set a 14-day countdown, those of quarantine. The blue, among other things, also documented the meals provided by the organization, not exactly those dreamed of.
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The French Benoit Pair solved the problem by ordering a delivery from McDonald’s. Not only that, some players would have received too the ultimatum after even trying to get out of the door of his room, with the threat of expulsion from the tournament. The case of the Kazakh woman is emblematic Julia Putintseva, who on Twitter documented the presence of a mouse inside her room and the absence, for two hours, of staff to allow her to change rooms.
One case, that of the two planes that landed in the past few hours, which is added to the one that exploded in recent days with Andy Murray. In this sense, the words of the Australian health minister Martin Foley had been harsh: As long as it is not negative, I will not be able to land in Australia. In a country where the controversy over the risk of getting players from other areas of the world had already exploded in recent days: what happened in the last few hours only increases the tension, so much so that many Australians are social networks have already expressed their protests: they would like not to welcome the tennis players who risk bringing Covid and not to play the tournament.
January 16, 2021 (change January 16, 2021 | 16:39)
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