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Sam Groth slams ‘selfish’ Novak Djokovic after quarantine ‘demands’

Former Davis Cup player Sam Groth has accused Novak Djokovic of a “selfish political move” after a report said the world number one had written to Australian Open organisers asking them to ease quarantine restrictions for players. Passengers who arrived on three charter flights have been placed into hard quarantine, including more than 70 players […]

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Online course, Hindi movies, cricket, yoga: Rohan Bopanna’s quarantine plans in Melbourne

On Sunday morning in his hotel room in Melbourne, Rohan Bopanna received two messages. He was waiting for the first, which confirmed he had tested ‘negative’ for Covid-19 when he landed in the city to compete in the Australian Open. The second was a cause of worry. One of the passengers on his flight from […]

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Australian Open: Players in quarantine up to 72, even opening door could attract $20k fine

Now that the PCR test results have started to come back, nervousness has set in among the players preparing to compete at the Australian Open. Three individuals, including 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s coach Sylvain Bruneau, tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Melbourne on flights from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. This led […]

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Australian Open: Tennis stars slam hotel food in quarantine

With strict quarantine rules ahead of the corona-affected Australian Open 2021, set to begin on February 8, tennis stars have come forward to express their anger over the quality of food being provided at their designated hotel. Initially the plan was for competitors to be allowed out for five hours a day to train but […]

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15 chartered flights land, 47 players grounded in bumpy start to Australian Open build-up

Like clockwork, 15 chartered flights transporting players for the Australian Open landed in Melbourne, within the 36-hour period dedicated for their arrival. Organisers of the year’s first Grand Slam, Tennis Australia had spent months haggling and fine-tuning their COVID-19 safety protocols with the Victorian Government to ensure the tournament indeed takes place. One of the […]

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Australian Open arrivals hit by positive COVID tests

Less than 48 hours after the first planeload of players arrived for the delayed Australian Open on charter jets from around the world, the first tennis major of the year and often dubbed the “Happy Slam” by Roger Federer and others appeared to be anything but. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was reported by […]

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Andy Murray tests positive for virus before Australian Open

Andy Murray has tested positive for the coronavirus days before he was due to leave Britain for the Australian Open, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at home near London and still hopes to compete in Australia when it is safe […]

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F1 season to start in Bahrain after Australian GP postponed

The start of the Formula One season was delayed by one week on Tuesday after the Australian Grand Prix was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the race in Melbourne moved from March to November, the season will now start in Bahrain on March 28. The Australian race, initially set to open the season […]