Australian Open TD Craig Tiley has laid down the law to players: any violation of the pre-event COVID quarantine will mean expulsion from the country.
The Grand Slam – delayed by three weeks due to political nitpicking among Tennis Australia, the ATP, WTA and Victoria State government – will have a zero tolerance policy for scofflaws among the player population..
With the major now starting on the locked-down continent on February 8, mandatory 14-day hotel-room isolation begins in mid-January – no exceptions.
“If there are any breaches the player will be immediately removed from the country as well as being fined,” Tiley said.
“Our primary objective is to ensure the community is protected as well as the players themselves.
“The safest place in the world right now is Melbourne and we’re not going to put anyone at any form of risk. We wouldn’t do it unless we could ensure 100 per cent safety .”
Security will reportedly patrol the halls of the designated player hotel on the lookout for “lawbreakers.”
Competitors will be allowed out of their rooms under supervision for five hours per day to include two hour of on-court training, plus physio at Melbourne Park and an hour for meals onsite.