After fourteen long days spent in quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, the WTA players are celebrating the end of their hotel isolation. However, those in hard quarantine will have to be patient for an extra day.
Players in regular quarantine were allowed to leave their rooms for five hours per day, but now even those restrictions are being lifted as the two-week isolation period is expiring. Most players will be released from their hotels by Sunday, depending on the time of their flight’s arrival in Australia.
Elina Svitolina, Iga Swiatek, and Caroline Garcia shared their excitement on social media.
Same here 👊🏼 💪🏼 🎉 finally time for some 🥞😁 https://t.co/whJHMLzRNX
— Elina Svitolina (@ElinaSvitolina) January 29, 2021
La he pasado muy bien 🤗
Gracias a mi súper compañera @nadiapodoroska por los entrenamientos y el tiempo juntas durante estas días 💪🏻🙌🏻🤜🏻🤛🏻
Ahora vamos por los torneos💪🏻
Maintenant place à la compétition ! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/84FCc14RH9
— Caroline Garcia (@CaroGarcia) January 29, 2021
Seventy-two players in hard quarantine, who were not allowed those five hours per day out of their rooms because coronavirus cases were discovered on their flights, will have to endure confinement for an extra day, as Guardian reports. They are again frustrated, as we can see from the tweet of Georgian world No.63 Oksana Kalashnikova.
When Australian Government orders u to stay another extra day just because 🤷🏼♀️ #AusOpen #AustralianOpen #Quarantine pic.twitter.com/LiieUTpoiq
— Oksana Kalashnikova (@OksKalashnikova) January 28, 2021
Victoria Azarenka is glowing in strict quarantine.
Ultima #Quarantine pic.twitter.com/0PscRB4ryN
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) January 29, 2021
Players who have tested positive for COVID-19, such as Paula Badosa, will obviously have to wait even longer to be able to leave their hotel rooms.