NZ tennis player criticises Novak Djokovic for his Covid demands

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2021

Tiley said quarantine costs may exceed A$40 million, part of which would be covered by the state government of Victoria. The arrangements for the tennis are based on public health advice.

The correction came after it was confirmed at least one male player was a confirmed COVID-19 case, putting his tournament in jeopardy.

The 2021 Australian Open is faced with another setback as two more players were reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, as the number of COVID-19 cases linked to the grand slam tournament went up to 10.

The other, an unnamed male player, as well as a member of his support staff who also tested positive, have moved to the medical hotel.

Meanwhile, Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic shared a video of her hitting the window of her high-rise room, with Melbourne's skyscrapers clearly visible in the background.

Kazakh player Yulia Putintseva - who earlier in the week said she would have reconsidered travelling Down Under if she had known ahead of time about the hard lockdown - tweeted videos appearing to show mice crawling on the floor of her hotel room.

A serve for the world tennis number one, from Kiwi doubles player Marcus Daniell.

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Neville said authorities were "very confident" one of the two new player infections was a case of viral shedding.

Since the tennis players flew in on chartered flights, officials say no Australian has been denied a seat on a flight home as a result of the sporting event.

"Yes, absolutely - these quarantining costs are new costs". "We're proud here in Victoria and Australia of how we have done it and protected the community like we have".

"We're a Grand Slam at the end of the day and right now, three out of five sets for the men and two out of three sets for the women is the position we plan on sticking to", Tiley told the Nine Network on Tuesday.

But Ms Neville accused Ms Putintseva of feeding the rodent.

"I normally have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me, so this is the situation that we're dealing with", said Sierra, a former Love Island contestant.

"We will keep doing pest control if we need to, but hopefully that pest control work that was done this week will have fixed the problem".

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