Australian Open in quarantine: The praise, frustration, and requests of pro players

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Among all the countries in the world, Australia is doing an exemplary job in controlling the COVID-19 situation. Locals and travelers are required to adhere to health and safety protocols without exemption whatsoever. For some professional tennis players, the strict implementation of quarantine protocols has become a headache.

The Australian Open is the Grand Slam that signals the new season. Pre-COVID times allowed the Grand Slam to welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators, shares Vijaya Prakash Boggala. For this year, the Australian government revealed that a crowd of 30,000 is allowed to watch live tennis. Professional tennis players praised the health and safety standard the country has achieved since the beginning of the pandemic. With less than a thousand deaths, Australia is truly a country worth learning from.

Professional tennis players from all over the world were required to undergo strict 14-day quarantine when passengers from their aircrafts tested positive for the virus. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic was quick to complain about the quarantine requirement by the organizers and the government, requesting that pro players get transferred to housing with tennis courts, better food, and lesser days in isolation. Following his comments, Australian tennis start Nick Krygios took to Twitter his disdain for the Serbian top player, says Vijaya Prakash Boggala.

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Spanish top player Rafael Nadal and world no. 2 was quick to praise the organizers and the government for trying to control the situation. Having come from a country that has recorded 3 million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic, Nadal congratulated the Australia and mentioned that the country is an amazing example.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts and has contributed to the 2011 article “A mortal case of moonshine.” In his downtime, he enjoys watching live sports such as tennis, basketball, and cricket. To read more from Vijaya Prakash Boggala, visit this page.

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