Few hours ago, the presence of two people infected with the Covid-19 virus was confirmed on the direct flight from Los Angeles, United States, to Melbourne, Australia. This means that all players on the plane will now have to spend 14 days in solitary confinement in their hotel room, unable to carry out the training program.
Unfortunately, the same thing also happened on another plane: it is the EY8004 direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, on which a positive person was found in Australia. Also in this case, the 64 passengers (including 23 players, especially from the WTA Tour) will be subjected to the same treatment, having now to spend two weeks in quarantine without being able to move.
Among the people on board, many tennis players who will take part in the first Major event of the year: Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Paula Badosa, Marta Kostyuk, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Belinda Bencic, Elena Rybakina, Ons Jabeur and Maria Sakkari, among many others.
AO quarantine: tennis players turn hotel rooms into gyms!
Players have landed in Australia, and we know that the problems have already begun, however, the protests of the local population precede after what happened with the flights.
Public opinion, as reported in many polls done by Australian newspapers, especially in the state of Victoria, is very negative about the conduct of the tournament, especially as Australians have done so much to have their country virus-free.
Many, in particular, have spoken of a double standard by the government, as flights have been organized for the players but at the same time there are Australian citizens who have been trying for months to repatriate without success and others who cannot return to Melbourne from another state such as New South Wales or Queensland.
Others, however, mentioned the strong risk of a new wave of the virus brought by the players and by the influx of the public that could put the sacrifices of the local population at rise. After some passengers on flights to Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19, their fellow travelers, including 47 tennis players, went into total isolation for 14 days.
No going out, no training. The tennis players then decided to train in their hotel rooms! There are those who dribble against the wardrobe, those against the mattress or even against the window pane! Some manage to transform their room into a gym and others, however, also have a new, unexpected roommate.
Here is a series of videos shared by some champions such as Stan Wawrinka, Belinda Bencic and Yulia Putintseva through their social accounts, especially on Twitter.