Australian Open 2023: tennis players on the court even with Covid

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Australian Open 2023: tennis players on the court even with Covid
Australian Open 2023: tennis players on the court even with Covid (Provided by Tennis World USA)

The first Grand Slam of the year is almost upon us. All tennis fans can't wait to be able to attend the 111th edition of the Australian Open, an event that will take place from 16 to 29 January. World number one Carlos Alcaraz will not take the court.

The Spaniard suffered a new injury during the last training session and had to raise the white flag. Benefiting from Alcaraz's retirement will be Rafael Nadal, who will have the chance to defend his title as the number one seed in Melbourne.

The attention of the public will be focused on the return of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion started the season in the best way in Adelaide by winning the 92nd tournament of his career. Last year, the Belgrader was unable to participate in the Australian Open due to the revocation of his visa linked to his vaccination status.

Australian Open, tennis players on the court even if they are positive for Covid-19

The Djokovic's issue takes on a completely different perspective considering the rules that the Australian Major established in 2023 for the management of possible positivity to Covid-19.

As happened at Wimbledon, following the regulations imposed by the British government, tennis players will not be obliged to undergo a swab and communicate any positivity to the Coronavirus. Craig Tiley explained: "We have clarified the situation for both the athletes and our 12,000 employees.

We recommend anyone who is unwell and has severe symptoms related to Covid-19 to reduce their social contacts and stay at home. But let's assume there may be tennis players competing with Covid-19, because we don't force anyone to report the results of any swabs." The new Australian government, in particular, recommends that all citizens carry out a swab in the event that they should rediscover the classic symptoms of Coronavirus.

In case of positivity, the isolation period would last only five days. It should come other news about in the coming days.

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