Gran Wiley column: Australia did its ‘homework’ and can now host up to 30,000 people a day at the Australian Open

Gran Wiley column: Australia did its 'homework' and can now host up to 30,000 people a day at the Australian Open

Last Friday (29), images from Australia shocked the sports community around the world. This is because the city of Adelaide hosted a series of tennis exhibition games with public appearances. Nearly 4,000 people, almost all, without masks, filled Memorial Drive Tennis Club’s stand during the epidemic to see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka among the sport’s big names.

On the same day, the Victoria State Health Directorate, where the city of Melbourne, home of the Australian Open is located, approved the attendance of 30,000 people per day for the Grand Slam. This number will be reduced to 25,000 from the quarterfinal stage. Only Australian residents will be able to participate in the Games.

But it is important to highlight the seriousness of Australia in combating the epidemic before any criticism or oddity, when watching another country slowly return to normalcy. Since February 15 of last year, when the WorldMeter began counting coronovirus cases, as of today (01/02), the country of Oceania had 28,818 cases of the disease, with 106 more people infected worldwide and other countries. .

In total, 909 deaths due to coronavirus in Australia are due. Compared with Brazil, which held in Maracaña last Saturday (30), 224,534 people died from the disease, with an attendance of about 5,000 in a single arena of the stadium, in the final of the Libertadores de America, a ‘Stark’ difference.

Australia is experiencing another reality. While countries like Brazil are suffering from the epidemic, the Oceania region as a whole has been rocked and worked to ensure that the notorious new wave of epidemics is contained.

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Australia has not recorded local cases of coronovirus for 15 days. Tennis players who will participate in the first major of the season completed 14 days of compulsory social isolation, which was just five hours of out-of-room training. Those who were on flights with contaminated people, on the other hand, completed a more restricted quarantine, without the right to a training period.

All of this means that all the work done in the epidemic months was a success and now the country will be able to reclaim the first Grand Slam awards with viewers since last year’s Australian Open, when there is still an epidemic shadow Were not.


– Thiago Wild finished 10 straight. On Monday, Brazil defeated Italian Lorenzo Giustino 6-4 and 6-3 in 1h12 playing in the Challenger of Antalya.

– Carol Meligaini and Ingrid Martins won their semi-final matches at the ITF W15 held in Antalya. However, the tournament started last week and suffered several delays due to rain at the site has been canceled. As a result, Brazilians received stage-related points and awards.

– Louisa Stephanie and Hayley Carter started with wins at the Melbourne WTA 500 (Gippsland Trophy). She defeated Czech Republic partners Lucy Herdeka and Kristina Pliskova 6–1 and 7–6 (4).

Photo: Morgan Sette / Reuters

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