Nadal, Serena support strict COVID-19 protocols in Australia

Tanya Simon
January 27, 2021

Kyrgios last week labelled Djokovic a "tool" for asking Australian Open organisers to ease quarantine restrictions for players.

But of more than 1200 players, coach and officials to fly into Australia ahead of the Australian Open, 72 were forced into hard quarantine after being aboard flights with confirmed positive coronavirus cases.

"I genuinely care about my fellow players and I also understand very well how the world is run and who gets bigger and better and why.Not every act is taken at its face value and at times when I see the aftermath of things, I do tend to ask myself if I should just sit back and enjoy my benefits instead of paying attention to other people's struggles". Those players not in quarantine are allowed to practice for up to five hours a day.

"One case has been reclassified due to evidence of previous infection, meaning there is now a total of eight positive cases related to the AO cohort", Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV) said in a statement.

But she said she supported Tennis Australia's stance on player quarantine ahead of the Open, which begins at Melbourne Park on February 8.

Organizers also received backing from 23-time Grand Slam victor Williams, who has traveled to Australia with three-year-old daughter Olympia.

"It's insane and super intense but it's super good, because, after that you can have a new normal like what we were used to previous year this time in the United States", she said. For us it is good at least that we can keep playing tennis'.

From his hotel room in Adelaide, where he passes a special quarantine that was crossed out as "favorable" by some of his circuit mates, Rafa Nadal attended ESPN Argentina and sent a new message to Novak Djokovic, which is also in the bubble of the best of the ranking, with Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and the sisters Venus and Serena Williams.

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"When we came here we knew that the measures were going to be strict because we knew that the country is doing great with the pandemic", Nadal told CNN.

"You see how many people are losing their father, their mum, without having the chance to say goodbye. I'm not really attached to things".

"We're colleagues at the end of the day; we compete against each other, we play in the same sport".

"The world is suffering in general, so we can't complain", Nadal added.

"You have to stay a little more positive", he said.

"I don't have windows in my room that is barely 15 square metres [160 square feet]", she said, in comments published on Monday.

Badosa was one of a group of players who complained on Twitter about having to quarantine in the first place, saying rules "changed overnight".

"Complaints always come from a disadvantageous position".

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