Stan Wawrinka's photo and the different treatment of tennis players in Australia? It seems so based on what is happening in this first week of preventive lockdown and isolation in hotel rooms for tennis players who will have to participate in the next Australian Open.
And while chaos and controversy animate the more than sixty tennis players forced to spend two weeks in total isolation in their rooms, because they had the misfortune of traveling on airplanes in which people who tested positive for the swab done on arrival in Melbourne have been identified, other tennis players they seem to enjoy every comfort, inside large and spacious houses, with everything you need to not regret their private residences.
Stan Wawrinka's post, published on his Twitter profile, will have aroused no small surprise and certainly made someone turn up their noses. The Swiss tennis player shared a photo of him sitting at the table having breakfast.
What is striking in the photo is the care of the room that suggests the quality of the place where the three-time Grand Slam champion is spending the quarantine.
Stan Wawrinka's pic
An image that goes against the grain of all those videos and images that many tennis players have shared on their social profiles and in which they denounced the total inadequacy of the rooms, services and food.
It therefore seems that the presentiment according to which the organization has not managed to guarantee all players the same quality standards regarding essential services is becoming a reality. And to make the situation worse there is also the negative response from Craig Tiley, director of Tennis Australia, with whom he wanted to reject all the requests presented by Novak Djokovic in a letter, with which the world number one had asked that they be resolved the problems reported by his colleagues.
We are only at the beginning of the quarantine but among mice in the rooms, poor quality food, lack of windows in the rooms, training hours set at 6 in the morning, two very long and intense weeks are expected, where news and twists will not be lacking .
Players are coming from all over the world to prepare for the Australian Open 2021, a grand slam event that, like everything these days, will be overshadowed by the Covid-19 global pandemic.
The start of the tournament has already been postponed to February 8th due to quarantine restrictions and many are wondering if it should be canceled. Madison Keys has already retired after testing positive for the virus and former number one Andy Murray is in serious doubt after his diagnosis.
It is almost certain, given the skyrocketing infection rates in countries like Britain and the United States, that others will test positive after arriving here. Tennis Australia and the Victoria State government have responded by announcing what they say is a watertight hotel quarantine system.
A group of elite players will make their two-week stint at a special facility in Adelaide, while the rest will be housed in three Melbourne hotels. They will be supervised by a staff of 1,700 and will only be able to go out for five hours of practice per day at the Melbourne Park courts.
The next few weeks will require careful planning and vigilance, Tennis Australia must ensure that spectators and staff - ballboys, referees and hospitality operators - are protected from COVID. Hotel quarantine places have long been well below demand and the queue will only get longer after the national government's decision last week to cut the weekly limit for arrivals due to the higher risk posed by new strains of viruses.