Although 47 Australian Open participants have been in strict quarantine since Saturday, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year is basically going ahead as planned.

However, everything is done to meet the players, some of whom are quite indignant, as much as possible.

The 47 players and players had to be in isolation on arrival in Melbourne after a few fellow passengers tested positive.

On a plane from Los Angeles, a coach, a reporter and a crew member were found to be infected and on a charter flight from Abu Dhabi, Bianca Andreescu's coach was tested positive.

For the tennis players involved - in addition to Andreescu, these are names such as two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kei Nishikori - that they have to be quarantined for fourteen days, just like everyone else, but that they are not allowed, for example. train.

Normally they should be on the track for a maximum of five hours a day.

"If they had told us these were the rules, I would have stayed home. We would be flying at 20 percent capacity and we would only be seen as close contacts if someone from our own team tested positive," Romanian Sorana Cirstea wrote. social media.

Swiss Belinda Bencic added: "We are not complaining about being quarantined, but because of the unequal training options available for such an important tournament."

The top three in the world for both men and women did not yet appear in Melbourne, but in Adelaide.

The top three in the world for both men and women did not yet appear in Melbourne, but in Adelaide.

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Anger and outrage among players

Earlier, other players also expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation in which they find themselves.

Tournament director Craig Tiley understands the outrage and promises to help the affected participants as best he can.

"We're keeping an eye on everything to see what we can do for them," said the Australian.

"The Australian Open is on and we will do everything we can to make sure they have an equal opportunity."

Victoria State authorities are threatening fines and stricter rules if players violate quarantine.

On Saturday, two players were already warned when they opened the doors of their hotel rooms to talk to each other and there was one player who had food delivered.

The top three of the world rankings for both men and women are not yet present in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka first travel to Adelaide, where they play a demonstration tournament.

The Australian Open starts on February 8.