– We are reviewing the program to see what we can do to help these players. The Australian Open is taking place and we will continue to try our best to make sure these players have the best opportunities – he said in an interview with Nine Network.
Australian Open, Court – Photo: Disclosure
At least three people who went on two chartered flights for the tournament tested positive for the Kovid-19, and all traveling by the same aircraft would inevitably have to comply with the 14-day quarantine in Melbourne. According to the European press, the protocol to prevent the spread of the disease affects the preparation of 47 players, including names such as Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Kei Nishikori.
Other players arriving on various aircraft are also passing with a 14-day quarantine, but they are allowed to leave their hotels five hours a day for training, raising questions about the integrity of the Grand Slam.
This competition, traditionally held in January, will be held in February, so that tennis players have time to quarantine before starting the competition. Australia is one of the countries with the most rigorous protocols for people to enter from outside, and has been very successful in competing with the Kovid-19, with only two deaths registered since November.