It raises the issue of separate quarantine of top players in Adelaide. To the others, those who will remain in Melbourne, it looks like a privileged quarantine. And it is already controversy. The decision by the state of Victoria to impose a limit on the number of people in mandatory solitary confinement in the territory forced Tennis Australia to identify a second destination.
Adelaide has agreed to host about fifty. For sure there will be Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. The Austrian site ORT explains that, with Thiem, there will also be his friend Dennis Novak, chosen as a permanent training partner during the quarantine.
Therefore, Jannik Sinner, Rafa Nadal's training partner, should also be in Adelaide. The six top players will be the protagonists, together with two other players yet to be defined, in an exhibition on January 29: "A Day at Memorial Drive"
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, players are expected to spend the period of voluntary isolation at a four and a half star facility in the city center. Rumors are also growing about greater freedom than tennis players will remain in Melbourne, confined for 19 hours in hotel rooms including the Crown Promenade and Grand Hyatt.
Paul Annacone and Lindsay Davenport recently spoke about Rafael Nadal’s chances at the upcoming Australian Open.
Paul Annacone on Rafael Nadal
"I think very simply, Rafael Nadal is just a little bit worse on hardcourt than Novak in particular and Roger as well on a faster hardcourt," Paul Annacone said.
"But everyone else I’d put him ahead of. If he plays Novak at the end of the tournament, I’m not betting on him. But if he plays anyone else I’ll bet on him. I think the biggest thing for Nadal is to get through the first week relatively comfortably.
This is one of those questions right, that why hasn’t he won more there?" Annacone continued. "Four US Open, it's hardcourt down in Australia as well. And I’ve thought a lot about it, I think there’s a really fine line he needs between the right amount of matches and not too many matches.
So when he starts the year in Australia, he’s coming off a long break, he gets a couple of matches, maybe the ATP Cup, here and there but by the time US Open comes around, he’s got a little bit of break after Wimbledon. He’s played three Majors already, so that works well for him."