Kittens, puppies make for weird tennis quarantine requests

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Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley said those players would be given priority treatment over the next few days and he was confident they would be ready to go for the first day of the Australian Open on February 8.

"There were a few times I wouldn't mind putting a boxing kangaroo in there", Tiley said with a smile.

"I'm really glad and I really appreciate that we have a chance to play and to do our job, to do what we love". I didn't miss the game that much.

"For some easier, for some worse, obviously".

"Thanks everyone for having us".

"So when we come here in Australia, everyone has to quarantine in a room for 14 days". This gesture comes amid criticism from players serving the 14-day quarantine protocol. This year's situation is different, but after what happened at the US Open and Roland Garros, Novak will want to show again that he is the boss. At the end of this fortnight, he appeared on Friday during an exhibition tournament, during which he beat the Austrian Dominic Thiem (N.3) 7-5, 6-4.

"You are not in my body", Nadal replied, smiling.

"It'll mean that over the 14 days, we will have up to 390,000 people here at Melbourne Park and that's about 50% of the average over the last three years", he told reporters at the venue for the tournament.

Spanish star Rafael Nadal during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park.

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Melbourne was the epicentre of Australia's largest second wave outbreak, which sprung from returned travellers infecting staff in hotel quarantine.

"I just don't feel comfortable with it". I am excited to get out there and play'.

"It's part of what we do, we learn over the years to play with the pain", Djokovic said.

"But it was fun. honestly I wouldn't trade anything for spending hours with her".

"You know, just putting bare feet on the ground, just doing something that I didn't have a chance to do so, just having the space I think that's what we all kind of missed", the 17-time Grand Slam victor said.

"I don't miss too many people on tour, to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends".

The countdown to the Open, which starts next Monday, began yesterday with two WTA 500 warm-up events - the Yarra Valley Classic and the Gippsland Trophy. Some players have been quarantined, others have not.

"That is by far my most successful tennis court in my career".

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said players who had been in hard lockdown would be given priority.

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