It was a suprise to most that the first tennis Grand Slam of the year The Australian Open is proceeding. First due to the pandemic and second because a recent abrupt border lockdown had thousands of Victorians locked outside of their home state.
So while these people wait to be allowed “back-in” they see all these tennis players, broadcast crews and entourages flying in from all these COVID ravaged locations.
The Government thinking goes along the lines off , this brings in millions of dollars (dunno how they measure that – presumably with a raft of contestable assumptions) and more importantly the fear if it is relocated, broadcasters, sponsors ,players etc will like the idea and it wont come back. So it proceeds with the Government promising strict protocols.
Apparently the players were briefed on the requirements but either didn’t attend the phone hook-up, many skipped it, didn’t take it seriously or assumed they’d be like Matt Damon who is quarantining at a luxury private home – not a quarantine hotel.
So they all arrive and all are tested and guess what – quite a few of these planes have people with COVID. A support person, a broadcast team person, a tennis player – every day another one pops up. so everyone on the plane is regarded as a close contact and they are all confined to a quarantine hotel for 14 days and aren’t allowed to leave their room.
No gyms, no tennis courts, no walks, no restaurants. The reaction has been well interesting. First we had Djokokovic, yes he of the rogue event in Serbia where he hot the bug too, intervening ‘on behalf” of those players locked down. General reaction -well you can fuck off for starters.
Then tanking Tomic’s girlfriend tweets she can’t get her hair done professionally in quarantine, a Spanish tennis player likens it too prison (except he will earn $100,00 even if he bombs out in the first round), another says she can’t breathe coz windows are locked.
Interestingly nearly all have retracted or come out subsequently and tempered their comments.
Yes frustrating but I seriously thing this wouldn’t be allowed to happen to them. Yes its COVID ,yes this is how you shut it down – but surely you don’t mean us!!
Most Melbournians I talk to, having experienced 2 protracted lockdowns think ,got a problem – next plane out, and expect a prety hostile reaction if you do get on a court.
Is this getting any coverage elsewhere and how do you think the tennis players would be treated in your part of the world?