Inmates train at dawn in Melbourne Park

Some of the tennis players who could not finish the quarantine until midnight of the corresponding day, such as Angelique Kerber, trained for the first time at night.


After spending 14 days locked in their rooms without being able to leave to train in the five-hour window enjoyed by others, the 72 confined tennis players began to leave quarantine at midnight on their respective day. For this reason, Tennis Australia decided to open the practice courts of Melbourne Park at dawn so that those who wanted could exercise when leaving the official hotels.

Angelique Kerber, champion of the oceanic Grand Slam in 2016, was one of the tennis players who decided to take advantage of this opportunity despite being an untimely schedule and trained during the early hours of this Saturday on one of the courts of the tennis complex where they will be held also the previous tournaments. The German, one of the players who was in contact with a positive case on the flights that arrived from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, will participate in the extra WTA 500 that will begin on February 3 with the name Grampians Trophy. There will be the Russian Yelena Rybakina, another of those who decided to train late at night and posted a video on her Instagram story.

The inmates celebrated the end of their quarantines on social networks with videos and photographs in which they show their happiness for being able, for example, to breathe outdoors, as the Swiss Belinda Bencic highlights in an image in which she is seen on a terrace. You have to remember that they can decide whether to stay in the hotels they were in or change to another one of their choice. The protocol, however, requires them to temporarily leave their rooms for cleaning and while providing alternative accommodation.

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