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Spanish federation apologises to Tennis Australia over player quarantine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 03:09 PM IST
More than 70 players have been confined to their rooms after some passengers on three charter flights that brought them to Australia tested positive for the new coronavirus. Other players are able to train for up to five hours a day.
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Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Qatar Open - Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar - February 28, 2020 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari(REUTERS)
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Qatar Open - Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar - February 28, 2020 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari(REUTERS)

Barty itching to get started at Australian Open

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 02:26 PM IST
Barty reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time last year before sitting out most of the rest of the season at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tennis players during lockdown.(Agencies)
Tennis players during lockdown.(Agencies)

Why the tennis world's best players are hitting balls against hotel walls

By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:22 PM IST
For a group of 72 players, a knock on the door usually means either a RT-PCR test or a delivery of food or some other essential.
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Former tennis player Margaret Court(REUTERS)
Former tennis player Margaret Court(REUTERS)

Expected Australian honour for tennis great Court stirs controversy

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Court is to be awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest category of honour, after previously receiving recognition in 2007, media reported.
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FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina/File Photo(REUTERS)

Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 08:51 AM IST
  • Paula Badosa, a 23-year-old who reached the fourth round at last year's French Open, wrote Thursday on Twitter that she received her test result for the illness caused by the coronavirus on the seventh day of her hard quarantine.
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World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)
World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)

World No.1 Barty joins elite field for Adelaide exhibition

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:33 PM IST
U.S. Open winners Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka and women's No. 2 Simona Halep will be part of the eight-player field, which also includes 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.
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Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action(REUTERS)

Top-ranked Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:53 AM IST
The world No. 1-ranked Barty on Thursday said she'll play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide on Jan. 29 which includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep.
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A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)
A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)

Don't feed the mice, minister tells quarantined players

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The Kazak swapped rooms earlier this week after finding a mouse but said her new room was also infested. She shared a video of a mouse jumping out from behind a closet on social media.
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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Two more Australian Open players test positive for COVID-19

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:52 AM IST
A total of 10 people associated with the Grand Slam, including four players, have now tested positive for the virus.
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File photo of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(HT Sports)
File photo of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(HT Sports)

Sania Mirza reveals she had contracted coronavirus

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:10 PM IST
Sania revealed that staying away from her two-year-old child was the toughest thing she faced after testing positive for Covid-19. She also said that the virus is no joke and everyone should take every precaution possible.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus: officials

AFP, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:47 AM IST
The Victoria state health department said a total of nine people have tested positive while in quarantine ahead of the event in Melbourne, but two cases were deemed to be historical infections on Tuesday.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Australian Open boss says 'vast majority' of players back hard quarantine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:16 AM IST
More than 70 players and their entourage are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open after passengers on three charter flights returned positive tests for the novel coronavirus.
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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 3, 2020 Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his third round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 3, 2020 Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his third round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

Bautista Agut says hotel quarantine like jail with Wifi

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:05 AM IST
A number of top players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, have questioned the need for mandatory hotel quarantine but Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said it was essential to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter//File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter//File Photo(REUTERS)

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:22 AM IST
There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable to practice because of nine active coronavirus cases — an increase in three — among the incoming travelers to Melbourne.
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File image of Rohan Bopanna.(File)
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(File)

Bopanna stuck in Australian Open quarantine, Gabba Test a solace

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:25 AM IST
First, India’s top-ranked doubles player learnt that his coach Scott Davidoff had to be quarantined as he was in the Los Angeles flight from which two positive cases came to light on Saturday.
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File image of Davis Cup.(Twitter/Davis Cup)
File image of Davis Cup.(Twitter/Davis Cup)

Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:30 PM IST
The ITF announced Monday that the international men's tennis team event will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5, with 18 countries participating in six groups of three.
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The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park(Getty Images)
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park(Getty Images)

Tennis players getting on with life in Australia

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:38 PM IST
Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian Open in 2016, spent her birthday in quarantine on Monday. At times in the past, she's spent the day playing or preparing for matches in the later stages of the tournament.
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)

Groth slams 'selfish' Djokovic after quarantine 'demands'

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:27 PM IST
A Spanish tennis website reported that Djokovic wrote to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley with a list of "demands", asking for reduced isolation periods.
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Tennis players taking part in the Australian Open are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2021. (REUTERS)
Tennis players taking part in the Australian Open are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2021. (REUTERS)

Australian Open: Players get creative to handle lockdown boredom

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:16 AM IST
Other players who arrived on different flights are also undertaking a mandatory quarantine but are permitted to leave their hotel rooms for five hours a day to train.
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Japan's Naomi Osaka arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne.(AP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne.(AP)

72 tennis players in lockdown after virus cases on flights

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:01 AM IST
  • That means they won't be allowed to leave their hotel rooms or practice for 14 days, creating a two-speed preparation period for the tournament. Other players in less rigorous quarantine will be allowed to practice for five hours daily.
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File photo of Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. (REUTERS)
File photo of Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. (REUTERS)

Players in lockdown after positive virus cases in Australia

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:51 PM IST
Some players were angry at being classified as close contacts merely for being on board those flights with people who later tested positive and, therefore, forced into a harsher quarantine than the broader group of players who’ll be allowed out of their rooms to practice for up to five hours per day.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo.(REUTERS)

Australian Open arrivals hit by 4 COVID-19 positive tests

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:35 AM IST
  • Health authorities confirmed there'd been three positive tests for COVID-19 returned on Saturday, and another on Sunday. None of the cases have so far involved players.
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Australian Open arrivals hit by 3 COVID-19 positive tests

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:30 AM IST
Forty-seven players from the two affected flights — arriving from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi — are now in a strict 14-day quarantine, unable to leave their hotel rooms or practice. The Australian Open starts Feb. 8.
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Divij Sharan in action. (Getty Images)
Divij Sharan in action. (Getty Images)

Australian Open: No Indian among 47 Open players in isolation

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:12 PM IST
  • None of the Indian players has been impacted, the statements said.
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Tennis players, coaches and officials arrive at a hotel in Melbourne on January 15, 2021, before quarantining for two weeks ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)(AFP)
Tennis players, coaches and officials arrive at a hotel in Melbourne on January 15, 2021, before quarantining for two weeks ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)(AFP)

Australian Open arrivals hit by positive COVID tests: Report

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:48 AM IST
The Australian Open is set to start Feb. 8, three weeks later than usual because of COVID-19 quarantining protocols.
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Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)(AP)

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:53 PM IST
The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials landed late Thursday. The players were met by airport staff and biosecurity officials wearing personal protective equipment including masks and face shields, before being taken to hotel quarantine.
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo Britain's Andy Murray reacts after his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Former world number one Murray's participation at the upcoming Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19.(AP)
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo Britain's Andy Murray reacts after his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Former world number one Murray's participation at the upcoming Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19.(AP)

Murray status for Australia in doubt after contracting coronavirus

AP
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 08:18 PM IST
The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at home and still hopes to compete in Australia when it is safe to travel, the person said.
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File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)
File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)

Sandgren allowed to board Australian Open flight despite positive test

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:34 PM IST
Sandgren said on Twitter he had tested positive in November and returned another positive test on Monday and might not be able to board the flight, one of 15 carrying players and coaching staff to the first Grand Slam of the year.
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Ankita Raina in action.(Instagram/Ankita Raina)
Ankita Raina in action.(Instagram/Ankita Raina)

'Missed opportunity' as Raina falters in final Australian Open qualifying hurdle

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:05 PM IST
Despite the defeat, the second set turnaround may well turn out to be decisive for India’s top-ranked women’s singles player.
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File image of Ankita Raina.(File)
File image of Ankita Raina.(File)

Ankita falls short again, loses final round of Australian Open Qualifiers

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 04:13 PM IST
In the women's singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita lost the third and final round 2-6 6-3 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in almost two hours.
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