Victorian premier slams Margaret Court honour

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has blasted the decision to once again honour controversial Australian tennis icon Margaret Court in this year’s Australia Day honours. The 24-time Grand Slam singles champion is set to be promoted from Officer of the Order of Australia to the prestigious Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest tier available. … Read more Victorian premier slams Margaret Court honour

Djokovic hits back at criticism over Australian Open quarantine stance | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic on Wednesday hit back at criticism of his letter to Australian Open chief Craig Tiley in which he suggested easing of quarantine restrictions, saying his good intentions were “misconstrued”. As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the … Read more Djokovic hits back at criticism over Australian Open quarantine stance | Tennis News – Times of India

Positive tests (and mice) disrupt Open buildup

Two more Australian Open players have tested positive for COVID-19, government officials said on Wednesday, as authorities were at cross-purposes over who would pay for the tournament’s quarantine bill. Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville said two players and a non-playing Australian Open participant made up the three new infections reported on Wednesday. A total … Read more Positive tests (and mice) disrupt Open buildup

19 hours in a room, hitting against a wall: Lucky Loser Ankita Raina waiting for her turn

Hitting against windows, walls, doors, upturned beds, mattresses, and just about anything that can pass off as a surface. Daily testing, officials stationed along hotel corridors 24×7, alarms fitted at emergency exits to monitor movements and any breach of regulations drawing as much as $20,000 in fines and criminal sanctions. It’s a weird, wacky universe … Read more 19 hours in a room, hitting against a wall: Lucky Loser Ankita Raina waiting for her turn

Kyrgios hits out at ‘tool’ Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios joined former Davis Cup player Sam Groth in criticizing Novak Djokovic after the Serbian world No. 1 reportedly wrote to Australian Open organizers asking them to ease quarantine restrictions for players. Passengers who arrived on three charter flights have been placed into hard quarantine, including more than 70 players who are unable to … Read more Kyrgios hits out at ‘tool’ Djokovic

Australian Open: Over 70 Players in Hard Quarantine as More Participants Test Positive for COVID-19

MELBOURNE: Four more Australian Open participants, including one player, have been recorded with COVID-19 infections and more cases may come to light as testing continues, officials said on Monday. Health authorities in Victoria state have now reported nine infections among passengers that arrived in Melbourne on charter flights for the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open. Players … Read more Australian Open: Over 70 Players in Hard Quarantine as More Participants Test Positive for COVID-19

2021 Australian Open: News, quarantine updates from Down Under

7:33 PM ET ESPN staff The Australian summer of tennis is underway. Kind of. Players from around the world have begun to arrive Down Under in preparation for the year’s first Grand Slam, which is due to commence on Feb. 8 [AEDT]. But things aren’t exactly running smoothly, with nine people having tested positive for … Read more 2021 Australian Open: News, quarantine updates from Down Under

Cornet sorry for ‘tactless’ quarantine remarks

Alize Cornet apologised on Monday after many social media users hit out at the Frenchwoman for criticising the country’s strict COVID-19 quarantine protocols ahead of next month’s Australian Open. Seventy-two players and their entourages have to isolate for two weeks and cannot leave their hotel rooms in Melbourne to train after infections were reported on … Read more Cornet sorry for ‘tactless’ quarantine remarks

Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, said Saturday he tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving for the Australian Open, a result which sent 23 players into a two-week hotel lockdown. In all, 47 players have been barred from practising in Melbourne after it was revealed that passengers on two … Read more Andreescu’s coach says he tested positive on Australian Open’s Abu Dhabi flight | Tennis News – Times of India

Two COVID-19 Cases On Australian Open Flight, 24 Players Quarantined

The build-up for next month’s Australian Open suffered a jolt after two coronavirus infections were reported on a flight to the year’s first grand slam on Saturday, forcing two weeks of hotel quarantine for 24 players and their entourage on board. Health officials in Victoria state, where Melbourne is the capital, said an aircrew member … Read more Two COVID-19 Cases On Australian Open Flight, 24 Players Quarantined