Whilst the odds were long on the Australian Open going ahead, the odds on a Djokovic win are looking much shorter over at 888sport Australian Open Betting.
International arrivals must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into Australia, so it’s not a huge surprise for the players to have to follow the same procedure as the public. Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley stated that TA will keep everyone updated on the situation, and there may be a possibility that players can compete during the 14 day isolation period.
The largest coronavirus hotspot happens to be in Victoria, the very state that hosts the Australian Open. Since August, the state has been in a hard lockdown due to another wave of infections.
The Australian Open is scheduled between the 18th and 31st of January. Despite only being over 3 months away, it’s a long time in the current pandemic. Cases rise and fall fast, and policies change everyday.
As of the 28th of September, some restrictions have been undone in Victoria as the rise of daily new infections dropped into single digits.
Tiley stated that “Australia is a safe place and the community has done a good job ensuring the infection rate remains very low by wearing masks, physically distancing and practising good hygiene,”
The TA are looking to set up some hubs for quarantine all over the country, making it easier for arriving players to self-isolate. It’s safe to assume that training facilities will be available too, in order to prepare for the tournament.
The US Open has only just finished after a strange Grand Slam with no spectators. Players didn’t need to quarantine upon entering the US, but they did have to have a test. After a couple of players involved testing positive, Dominic Thiem defeated Zverev in the men’s final, with Osaka defeating Azarenka in the women’s final.
Nadal and Federer never travelled to the US for the tournament, and Djokovic was disqualified due to hitting a ball in frustration and hitting a line judge in the throat.
Djokovic already testing positive this summer
Other than being an unstoppable force in tennis over the past decade, Djokovic is also known for his anti-vaccine views. But during his Eastern European tour, an idea he thought would be appropriate during the midst of the pandemic, he tested positive for Coronavirus. Among him and the players, hugs and handshakes were plentiful, and Djokovic was also filmed dancing in a Belgrade nightclub.
At the time, Djokovic was the 4th player to be tested positive, along with his wife and another tennis player’s wife. Having been heavily scrutinised for perpetuating the spread of the virus, the public and authorities will have a close eye on the favourite heading into the Australian Open.