Issues mount as 4 extra contributors contaminated

Melbourne, January 18

More players were forced into hard quarantine ahead of the Australian Open with officials confirming today that four additional participants, including an athlete, tested positive for Covid-19 among those arriving in Melbourne.

Health authorities in Victoria state have now reported nine infections among passengers who arrived on charter flights for the February 8-21 Australian Open and officials said more cases may come to light as testing continues.

Kyrgios calls Djokovic ‘tool’

A Spanish tennis website reported that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic had written to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley asking that quarantine restrictions be eased for players, including reducing the mandatory 14 days of isolation and having players moved to “private houses with tennis courts” so they could train.

Nick Kyrgios joined former Davis Cup player Sam Groth in criticising Djokovic.

Kyrgios criticised Djokovic time and again in 2020 for organising the Adria Tour exhibition event in the Balkans, where multiple players including the top-ranked Serbian contracted the virus. “Djokovic is a tool,” Kyrgios said on Twitter.

Many Australians have questioned the decision to host the Major. — Reuters

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