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1200-odd tennis players, staff, and other officials travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Open are going to face the “strictest rules and regulations for tennis anywhere in the globe” in their hotel quarantine.
Three main hotels, Pullman Albert Park, the Grand Hyatt, and the View on St Kilda Road, have been confirmed as the place where players and their entourages will quarantine from this Thursday.
On Tuesday, Victoria’s Police Minister Lisa Neville held a press conference and explained how it would work.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said, I felt confident in the hotel’s quarantine system around the Open and deemed it the toughest in the world.
She said, “all players and staff must quarantine for two weeks if they want to be a part of the international tennis tournament. Tennis Australia will be carrying the expense of the entire quarantine set-up.”
Players will be coming on sparsely populated charter flights from all over the globe on Thursday. If any staff member or player tests COVID-19 positive, they would be moved to a Holiday Inn room and isolated from other players.
Ms Neville said, “We have the toughest and strongest rules that apply to tennis over the world.”
“In terms of hotel quarantine, this is the strictest program in the world,” she said.
Ms Neville said all players and their staff should be tested for COVID-19 before leaving their country they are in and must get a COVID negative result.
Ms Neville said, “We have been in planning for this for many months. We have made some rules, some months ago, so that the Australian Open could be conducted safely.”
Practice will not be permitted to start until Tuesday, and all the players will make a bubble with each other player from the same hotel.
The time has already allocated 60 minutes to a nutrition session, 90 minutes to a gym session, and 130 minutes will be court time before immediately returning to their hotel.
No player or staff is permitted to mix with any person outside their bubbles, and there would not be any crossover between hotels.
Ms Neville said the Australian Open crowd limit is still not decided.