After the quarantine has been completed, the participants of the Australian Open in Melbourne and Adelaide are allowed to move freely again. In the coastal city northwest of Melbourne, the site of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Thiem has been in a bubble for the last 14 days with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and his training partner Dennis Novak.
A show event will now take place there on Friday, where the ÖTV star will have to deal with Nadal. Each of the male stars plays only one match, after which it goes to Melbourne, where the ATP Cup will be held from February 2 and the Australian Open from February 8. At the ATP Cup (February 2 to 6), Austria will face Italy with Thiem, Novak, Philipp Oswald / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn, and then against France on Thursday with Neo-Bresnik protégé Gael Monfils.
Thiem tests against Nadal
Dominic Thiem opens the tennis year 2021 on Friday with a show match against Rafael Nadal. The game in Adelaide is a final test before the tour starts next week.
Peak activity at the Melbourne facility
On the grounds of the Australian Open in Melbourne, there will be a lot of activity the week before, because not only the ATP Cup, but also two ATP 250 tournaments are taking place on the facility. This should enable all players, including those who cannot take part in the ATP Cup, to practice match before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
First of all, after strict quarantine measures, the players were able to enjoy their “freedom” regained. The first group of 960 players, coaches and officials in three hotels in Melbourne was allowed to end the isolation period on Thursday evening local time. Overall, however, the process of approval will last until Sunday afternoon, as the players arrived in Australia over a few days.
Pandemic in Australia “well” under control
One of the first players to enjoy the new freedom was the 34-year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Unsurprisingly, the first thing he wanted to do was go to Melbourne for dinner. “No restaurants are open in France at all, so I’m very happy to be in Australia,” Gasquet told The Age newspaper.
The rigor in Australia has so far paid off amid the coronavirus pandemic that is prevalent worldwide: In the two most populated states of New South Wales (capital Sydney) and Victoria (Melbourne) there have been no local Covid-19 for eleven or even 22 days. Cases more. New South Wales will therefore abolish the borders with neighboring Queensland.
Australia ranks in the top ten globally when looking at its success in fighting the pandemic. With over 22,000 local Covid-19 cases and 909 deaths since last March, the continent is comparatively “good”.