21 Jan 2022 | 11:44 | Tennis
The German tennis player is concerned that the disease may break out at the Australian Open when players are free to move.
Alexander Zverev entered the third round of the Australian Open after a 6-4, 6-4 and 6-0 victory over John Millman on the evening of January 19. In the post-match press conference, the German tennis player raised concerns about the organizers’ quarantine.
“We are allowed to go out to eat, drink, do whatever we want. So I think it’s natural that more people are infected with Covid-19. I think quite a few players have tested positive but themselves. We don’t know. We are not being tested. If tested now, many players will test positive,” ABC News quoted Zverev as sharing.
ABC News said that the players are tested daily quickly but there are many worrying points. Host player Bernard Tomic thinks that the organizers should use PCR testing. Tomic was allowed to participate in the qualifying round when the rapid test was negative, but later revealed he was positive for Covid-19 when testing PCR.
On January 18, French tennis player Ugo Humbert said he had tested positive for Covid-19 after losing to compatriot Richard Gasquet in the first round. This makes the disease even more threatening to the tournament.
Zverev said he was taking all precautions and staying in his own “bubble” to avoid contracting the virus as he was chasing his first Grand Slam title.
“I came here to play and understand that there are a lot of cases in Melbourne. I don’t go out much, haven’t been to any restaurants and haven’t gone out. I just stayed at the hotel and then went to the training ground. So I was like that. I made my own bubble. I simply didn’t want to take any risks,” Zverev said.
The Australian Open has faced controversies over the past two weeks, notably over the deportation of world number one Novak Djokovic from Australia for being unvaccinated.