Over the past few days, five coronavirus cases were confirmed on charter flights carrying officials, players, and their coaches to Australia. This has forced 72 players into strict hotel quarantine based on the government and tournament rules, leading to questions about the fairness of the Australian Open's policies.
None of the positives tests have involved players, yet they are now contained to their rooms for 14 days. Competitors are unable to leave their hotel rooms or practice which, for professional athletes getting ready for a Grand Slam, is less than ideal.
Some players are making the best of it, such as Belinda Bencic who shared her exercise routine from her hotel room.
Wrong surface but that doesn‘t matter for us???????? pic.twitter.com/R8FsdyGafy— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) January 17, 2021
With strict measures, Australia has done an impressive job of containing the virus and anyone traveling there would have been aware of the risks. Still, some players will get to practice five hours per day during the quarantine, while others will not have that luxury.
With the Australian Open starting on Feb. 8, what's your take on the current situation: