3 more virus cases linked to Aussie Open arrivals

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has ruled out any change in the best-of-five set format for men’s singles matches at the season-opening tennis major as three more COVID-19 cases were reported among the international arrivals for the tournament. There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable to practice because of nine active … Read more 3 more virus cases linked to Aussie Open arrivals

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

Davis Cup Finals expands to 11 days in 2021

LONDON — The Davis Cup Finals will expand to 11 days from seven in 2021, and the International Tennis Federation is considering holding the competition in three European cities instead of just Madrid. The ITF announced Monday that the international men’s tennis team event will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5, with 18 countries … Read more Davis Cup Finals expands to 11 days in 2021

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

Aussie still on as planned, but 72 in quarantine

MELBOURNE — Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed the year’s first Grand Slam will go ahead from Feb. 8 despite anger from players forced into hard quarantine in Melbourne because of positive COVID-19 cases on their charter planes. Seventy-two players and their entourages have to isolate for two weeks in their hotel rooms … Read more Aussie still on as planned, but 72 in quarantine

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

Positive tests cause Aus Open player havoc

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is believed to be among a group of players set to be confined to their hotel rooms for the next 14 days after two positive coronavirus tests emerged from their charter flight to Melbourne. A leaked email from Tennis Australia sent to all players and officials who were aboard … Read more Positive tests cause Aus Open player havoc

Players arrive for Aus Open, head straight into quarantine

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. And she wanted everyone to know she was pleased to be in Australia despite all the COVID-19 restrictions … Read more Players arrive for Aus Open, head straight into quarantine

Keys positive for virus, eyes return ‘next month’

Madison Keys, currently ranked No. 16 in the world, revealed she has tested positive for COVID-19 in a post on her social media accounts Thursday and was unable to make her scheduled flight to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. “I unfortunately tested positive for [COVID-19] before I was supposed to fly to Australia,” she … Read more Keys positive for virus, eyes return ‘next month’