(Reuters) – If going into strict quarantine forward of subsequent month’s Australian Open was not tough sufficient, Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva has to take care of an undesirable roommate within the type of a mouse.
Putintseva is amongst 47 gamers and their entourages who’ve been requested to isolate for 2 weeks of their lodge rooms after COVID-19 instances have been reported on the 2 chartered flights that carried them to Melbourne.
The world quantity 28 who arrived on the flight from Abu Dhabi was already upset after claiming she was not informed that every one the gamers aboard the airplane could be quarantined in case an an infection was detected.
The situation of Putintseva’s room in Melbourne has not helped calm the state of affairs.
“Been attempting to alter the room for 2 hours already! Nobody got here to assist because of quarantine state of affairs,” Putintseva mentioned in a put up on Twitter that was accompanied by a video of the mouse scurrying about her room.
The video prompted British tennis participant Andy Murray’s mom Judy to joke Putintseva wanted a cat to unravel the issue.
Some social media customers have hit out at gamers complaining about having to strictly keep in motels, prompting Swiss world quantity 12 Belinda Bencic to clear the air.
“We’re not complaining to be in quarantine. We’re complaining due to unequal apply/enjoying situations earlier than fairly essential tournaments,” she tweeted.
Romanian Sorana Cirstea added: “Individuals complaining we’re entitled. I’ve no points to remain 14 days within the room watching Netflix. Consider me this can be a dream come true, vacation even.
“What we will not do is COMPETE after we have stayed 14 days on a sofa. That is the difficulty, not the quarantine rule.”
Different gamers who arrived in several planes are additionally enterprise a compulsory 14-day quarantine however are permitted to depart their motels for 5 hours a day to coach, elevating questions in regards to the integrity of the Grand Slam.
Australia is ready to welcome about 1,200 gamers, officers and employees on 15 flights for the Grand Slam starting on Feb. eight.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Himani Sarkar)