Rafael Nadal wants to play to distract tennis fans

Rafael Nadal wants to play to distract tennis fans

It has been 24 days since Victoria reported a locally acquired COVID-19 infection, while Australia as a whole posted a 13th straight day without a community case on Saturday.

25,000 to 30,000 fans will be permitted daily on the grounds of the Australian Open.

Melbourne endured one of the world's longest lockdowns a year ago and many locals have concerns about the potential Covid risk posed by the tournament. In this way, the campus will achieve half of its maximum capacity. A crowd of 30,000 will be able to watch the matches everyday in the first eight days.

"That means at Rod Laver Arena, as we get towards the end of the tournament, we'll have an incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere that we've seen in all the Opens in the years past", the minister said. "It will not be the same, but it will be the most important and public worldwide event in the world after several months", the minister said.

Earlier Friday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic missed the start of his scheduled exhibition match against emerging Italian talent Jannik Sinner, who was Nadal's quarantine practice partner. We're professional athletes, we learn over the years to play with the pain.

Naomi Osaka, left, of Japan and Serena Williams of the USA walk from the court together following an exhibition tennis event in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Jan 29.

In order to get to this point, players were forced to quarantine in hotel rooms, which caused disruptions to training schedules. But first things first - after 14 days in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic regulations in Australia, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion took her daughter to the zoo.

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Today, I get to tick something off my bucket list'. "It's up to my generation to back them up, just as we were backed up". Health secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said he was sending his "best wishes" to the Captain Sir Tom's family.

"There were a few times I wouldn't mind putting a boxing kangaroo in there", Tiley said with a smile.

Players travelling to Australia to compete in the slam had to undergo a two-week quarantine on arrival in the country, with most granted an exemption to train outside for several hours a day. "There are a lot of questions about just one tournament".

The majority of Australian Open competitors were let out of quarantine this week, with the release being staggered between Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.

"They've had a test every day, there's no quarantine process in the world that has been as rigid as this one".

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Nadal, now 34 and boasting 20 major titles, rarely plays in the week before a major tournament but had no choice this year thanks to quarantine and a re-jigged lead-up schedule that features six simultaneous tournaments across the men's and women's tours.

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