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The massive logistical exercise that has become the 2021 Australian Open

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It has been 5 days because the final chartered aircraft load of gamers and officers flew into the nation and headed into quarantine earlier than the beginning of the Australian Open on February 8.

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Event director Craig Tiley stated these 5 days have felt like a yr.

“There’s been so much happening,” he stated, as he opened a briefing session with the Australian media.

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The gamers in quarantine are counting down; they’re into single digits with 9 days of the necessary 14 remaining.

The controversy and debate surrounding the occasion has been dealt with elsewhere however burying into the numbers of what has already occurred with out a single ball being served supplies a novel perspective on what’s required to run an occasion within the COVID-19 period.

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These previous 5 days alone have been a “huge, huge logistical train” in response to Tiley.

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Dan Andrews says Australian Open gamers could make calls for whereas in quarantine, ‘however the reply is not any’.

Gamers from 100 international locations had been flown in on 17 constitution flights, departing from seven completely different cities and arriving within the house of 48 hours to be checked into three completely different inns.

Three of these flights had passengers who examined optimistic to COVID-19 and had been taken to medi-hotels.

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There have been three optimistic circumstances on a plane from Los Angeles, three positives on a flight from Abu Dhabi and one on a flight from Doha.

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Others on board these flights had been thought of shut contacts and put into laborious lockdown, together with 72 gamers who’ve shared their training sessions, opinions, complaints and suggestions with the world by way of numerous social media platforms.

There have been round 2,500 COVID checks performed on the arrivals to this point.

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Within the first spherical of testing those that did not initially take a look at optimistic had been cleared of getting the virus, though there have been some circumstances displaying viral shedding the place the person shouldn’t be contagious however exhibits outcomes of getting had COVID someday within the previous months.

A tennis player wearing a mask is escorted by hotel quarantine staff.
Marcelo Melo is likely one of the gamers allowed out to coach throughout their lodge quarantine.(AAP)

“Our goal all alongside was to make sure that we had been going to have an surroundings that was protected for the neighborhood,” Tiley stated.

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“Melburnians, Victorians, Australians have paid a large worth for the state of affairs we’re in right this moment and that is to haven’t any neighborhood unfold.

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Tennis participant Aryna Sabalenka practices towards lodge window throughout quarantine

“And that worth as you all know was a tough lockdown for many people for a very long time.

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“So we paid the worth and now we’re able the place we’ve got the gamers and all of our worldwide visitors, 1,270 of them, doing the identical factor — 14 days in quarantine, the place you get examined every single day.”

There are nonetheless one other 5,000 to six,000 checks to be performed over the remaining days of quarantine.

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There are two forms of quarantine for gamers

On high of that was the logistics of co-ordinating the actions of these gamers who weren’t in laborious lockdown however in a modified quarantine plan the place they might depart their rooms for 5 hours a day to coach.

“That is for 2 hours of follow, 90 minutes of fitness center after which half an hour for diet,” Tiley stated.

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These hours are fastidiously monitored and coordinated together with journey preparations with door-to-door navy precision.

“Every room will get a knock on the door inside 5 minutes of one another,” Tiley defined.

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