Australia has opted for a very strict plan and has imposed a total lockdown on its citizens, constantly supporting them from an economic point of view. One of the fundamental elements of this lockdown was the total closure of external borders, including between state and state.
Being a federal state, Australia was also able to accurately check all arrivals. A management that up to this point has been more than successful. Normality tests will also be done in Melbourne. The Australian Open will host around 30,000 spectators a day, covering almost 50% of the total capacity of the venue.
Starting from the quarter-finals, the number of spectators will drop to 25 thousand to allow for an optimal distribution of people on the main courts. "It won't be like in previous years, but it will be one of the most popular international sporting events in recent months," said Victoria's Minister of Sport Martin Pakula proudly at a press conference.
The Australian season began with the performance A Day at the Drive. In the event promoted by Tennis Australia, Novak Djokovic challenged Jannik Sinner for a set, while the first set was played by Filip Krajinovic, and Rafael Nadal played the entire match against Dominic Thiem.
In addition to the matches, the performance in Adelaide managed to capture the attention of the media and fans thanks to the packed stands. 4000 spectators in fact supported their favorites live and tried to restore images of normality to the world of sport.
Nadal, in particular, wanted to praise the work done by local government authorities during the critical phases of the pandemic. He said: "It has been a very difficult year for everyone, even for us in Spain, where COVID-19 has hit us very hard.
The last two weeks have been good, even though they are in quarantine, but it's the things we need to do, so a big thank you to Tennis Australia for making this possible. It's great to play in Adelaide and in front of all these people.
Australia is managing the pandemic well, it can be an example." We have to recall that, in a day full of performances, in Adelaide, the great protagonists of ATP and WTA Tours such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are finally back on the court, with the crowd filling the stands of the stadium.
In the women's exhibition, Serena Williams beat Naomi Osaka, a great rival in recent years, in the super tiebreak of the third set. The match ended with the final result of 6-2 2-6 10-7. The two tennnist players both showed excellent form, alternating super shots with some mistakes.
But both seem ready to play the highly anticipated Australian Open in Melbourne, which will begin on February 8th, with the likely presence of the crowd in the stands of the courts. We have to recall that in the other challenge, Simona Halep beat the home star Ashleigh Barty with the final score of 3-6 6-1 10-8 in three sets, again after the super tie-break.