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30,000 spectators at the Australian Open every day


The Australian Open is one of the most famous Grand Slam tournaments in tennis. Victoria’s Sports Minister Martin Pakula has announced that a maximum of 30,000 spectators will be allowed to enter the stadium every day for this year’s competition, which will be held next month.

It is learned that during the first eight days of the event, 30,000 spectators will be allowed to enter the day and night sessions in two equal parts. This number will come down to 25,000 from the quarter finals. Which is half that of the average viewer over the past few years.

The first Grand Slam of the year will start in Melbourne on February 8, three weeks behind due to the Corona epidemic. This year’s event will continue till February 21.

More than 1,000 people, players and their entourages, were obliged to undergo 14 days of quarantine on their arrival in Australia ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.

Most were allowed out of their rooms for up to five hours a day for training and gym work, but 72 players remained in strict lockdown after fellow passengers on their flights to Australia tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Despite gripes from some at the start of quarantine, tournament chief Craig Tiley said he was “particularly proud” of the “playing group,” most of whom will be out of quarantine by the end of Saturday.

“I’ve seen a few of them this morning and contrary to what some players said 10 days ago, the majority of them – 99.9% – are absolutely happy to be out and very appreciative of our efforts to protect them,” he said.

Local health authorities said on Saturday they were still managing five active COVID-19 cases connected to the tennis, one of them a player.

Spain’s Paula Badosa, the world no. 67, was the only player to announce she had tested positive in Melbourne. She has another few days of quarantine to complete.

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