A decidedly intricate situation that is presenting itself in Australia for the organization of the Australian Open 2021. The British Andy Murray, positive for Covid-19, most likely will not be able to be in Melbourne, in accordance with the protocol that obliges tennis players to be negative to the swab before embarking on the journey to the land of kangaroos.
However, news arrives that complicates Tennis Australia's plans: 47 players have been placed in solitary confinement after three cases of positive Covid were found on two of the charters organized specifically by the tournament, which took off from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.
The known names are those of Sandgren, Azarenka, Davis, Nishikori, Cuevas, Stephens, Pella, Londero, González and Sitak on the first, and Bencic, Pliskova, Kenin, Svitolina, Sakkari, Jabeur, Sabalenka, Muguruza, Andreescu, Kerber, Kuznetsova , Kostyuk on the second.
The tension is very high and further repercussions are also feared in a territory that even with less important numbers, compared to those of European countries, to give an example, can trigger the closure of every state.
In this speech, the players who landed in Adelaide in the other bubble created by the organization can risk big. Because? The city is the capital of the state of South Australia, while Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria.
What if there are positive cases in Melbourne? It is probable that the local political asset will be activated for the closure of the state and this would not allow Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner etc.
to be able to be in Melbourne on schedule. The same problem, of course, could arise if this context were to be created in Adelaide. In a recent interview, there was a question to Dominic Thiem about the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's presence in tennis.
It was whether he believed that it was bad luck for him to play tennis at a time of their dominance. Thiem responded to the question using a lot of wits.
Dominic Thiem on the Big 3
“Actually we’re lucky. We can later say that we dueled with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for years,” answered Dominic Thiem.
Although Thiem believed that he was lucky to play with the legends, he also said that it would be much easier for him to win titles after their retirement. He was quite confident that he could continue their great legacy in the sport.
“Maybe then, (when they retirement) it will be a little easier to win the big tournaments,” added the Austrian.