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Mixed Feelings Around Australian Open

by | Wed, Nov 25 2020

Some of the world’s best tennis players are voicing their concerns about COVID-19 protocols ahead of the Australian Open.

Tournament organisers and the Victorian government are discussing biosecurity requirements for players and dates for the Grand Slam.

World number four Daniil Medvedev thinks it’s dangerous to play five-setters if players are unable to train during their two weeks quarantine.

Australian tennis star John Millman says he can’t see the event going ahead if players aren’t allowed to train in quarantine.

“Being inside a bubble, being inside a hotel room for two weeks and then going out and playing matches, I don’t think that’ll sit well with the players, so I think that’s the first thing that the guys at Tennis Australia will have to get over the line,” Millman says.

Tennis great Todd Woodbridge is confident the Australian Open will take place early next year.

“Tennis Australia and the Victorian government have been working unbelievably hard to make sure that everybody is secure,” he says.

“By ‘secure’ I mean [that] the community are happy and comfortable, the players have got what they need, and that the tournament can get itself onto broadcast.”

 

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