These are not easy times at all, the coronavirus pandemic is still in force and the world continues to adapt to this context to avoid infections. That was what happened at the Australian Open, in the middle of Novak Djokovic’s match on center court: the start of the strict quarantine forced the world No. 1 to wait for the stadium to be evacuated to complete his match.
The Government of the state of Victoria, the region of Australia most affected by COVID-19, decreed this Friday a five-day confinement following an outbreak. This logically implies a ban on spectators in Melbourne from Saturday. And just when Djokovic was facing American Taylor Fritz (27th) at the Rod Laver Arena, the restrictions began and the stands had to be emptied to continue the game.
The game was delayed 20 minutes during the fourth set until everyone vacated the Melbourne Park sports facilities. Then Nole sealed a hard-fought 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 6-2 victory in the third round, despite an injury to the abdominal side that has him in doubt for the next phase: his opponent in the round of 16 will be Milos Raonic.
The first Grand Slam of the year had begun with partial attendance of the public but as of this Saturday the tournament will be without fans for five days, adapting to the measures taken to prevent the outbreak of 13 local positives linked to the so-called strain from getting out of control. British. The order of play will continue with its stipulated schedule.
“Professional sporting events large and small will function only as a normal workplace, but will not function as an entertainment tournament because there will be no audience. The work, in addition, will be reduced to a minimum with the intention of maintaining a safe environment, “explained Daniel Andrews, Governor of Victoria. The Australian Open, which usually takes place between mid and late January, was delayed a few weeks in this Edition for players to comply with the mandatory quarantine. Everything was going well until an outbreak related to a Melbourne hotel worker appeared. Governor Andrews hopes that this strategy, which has already been used in recent weeks in the cities of Brisbane and Perth, will serve to curb infections.
This measure, which comes into force on Saturday, will put the almost 6.7 million inhabitants of Victoria, the second most populous state in the country and whose capital is Melbourne, where the prestigious tennis tournament is played, into home confinement. (GG) (Infobae)