Around 1200 players and staff are expected to arrive in Melbourne this week for the Australian Open, but strict protocols against the state government-imposed Kovid-19 in Victoria have led American John Isner to award the first Grand Slam of the year. .
Vittoria, the country most affected by the Kovid-19 ever, said it was implementing the strongest protocol of any tennis tournament for those arriving on 15 charter flights for the February 8-21 event, delaying The epidemic occurred for three weeks.
Players and support staff have to separate themselves for two weeks before participating in preparation events at Melbourne Park, which also host the Australian Open starting on 31 January.
Victoria Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville told reporters, “We believe every incoming tennis player and their representative has the potential to be positive.” “We have implemented the strongest and strictest rules applicable to tennis around the world.”
Serious measures will be taken for any violation, she warned.
Isner, a former world number 8, who has a two-year-old daughter and a son, said he chose to stay home, as health guidelines and restriction restrictions meant he would have to stay away from his family for an extended period. .
“It was not an easy decision,” Isner said after losing in the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals on Monday.