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Roberto Bautista Agut says being in quarantine alike to being in prison

Roberto Bautista Agut says being in quarantine alike to being in prison”

Kei Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka were among a group of players who arrived on the flight from Los Angeles. Cases also came to light on three of the flights.

Under the original quarantine protocol, players are able to leave their rooms to train for up to five hours a day, but those on planes with a positive case are no longer able to do that.

Some 72 players in the Australian Open field are in a 14-day lockdown in Melbourne ahead of the grand slam starting on February 8.

Novak Djokovic reportedly made several requests, which were rejected, of officials for players in quarantine, while Roberto Bautista Agut compared the conditions to prison.

His suggestions were rebuffed by COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria commissioner Emma Cassar and Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, and earned Djokovic criticism from Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who branded the Serbian a "tool".

The first wave of charter flights to arrive in Melbourne have seen nine positive COVID-19 cases identified - including one player - forcing all passengers into a mandatory 14-day hard quarantine.

"No one is being prevented from coming home from overseas because of the Australian Open, that's not happening", Morrison said.

Two-time Australia Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who is reportedly among those impacted, issued a statement on social media asking for her fellow players to be more emphatic to residents of Melbourne, who had lived under strict lockdown measures a year ago. "It's player entourages", he told the media on Tuesday.

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Tiley said Australia's strict quarantine rules were initially a "shock" to some players but most had told him during a conference call that they accepted the restrictions and wanted to apologise for the comments of a disgruntled few.

'The majority of the players have been absolutely fantastic and this is a playing group that's a little bit upset with what some others have said because it holds them in a bad light in the community, ' Tiley said.

And then they are going to come out after 14 days in their room and we will give them some time to prepare and that is why we had that buffer week, in the event that this was going to happen."Tiley said tournament organisers were considering other avenues to "to try to even it up as much as possible".Kevin Roberts, professor of exercise science at the University of South Australia, said that would be hard, citing the "physiological and biochemical decay" induced by significant changes to training schedules and environments".

"Right now, three out of five sets for the men and two out of three sets for the women is the position we plan on sticking to".

Victoria Azarenka has called for fellow top-tier players to accept the quarantine conditions to compete in the Australian Open.

Djokovic's actions around the tournament are being closely watched, in part due to his seeming nonchalance about the virus in the past.

Forty-seven players had already been put into quarantine after positive tests were found on two other chartered flights.



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