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Margaret Court says she was not invited to this year’s Australian Open

Former tennis champion would not have attended anywayCourt’s Order of Australia award has drawn fierce criticismControversial tennis great Margaret Court has revealed she was not invited to this year’s Australian Open, and says her Order of Australia a…

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Paula Badosa slams ‘lamentable’ quarantine conditions before Australian Open

‘I feel abandoned,’ says Spanish world No 67Badosa may not be able to return to training until 5 FebruarySpanish tennis player Paula Badosa has described her extended period of quarantine ahead of the Australia Open following a positive Covid-19 test a…

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Paula Badosa slams ‘lamentable’ quarantine conditions before Australian Open

‘I feel abandoned,’ says Spanish world No 67Badosa may not be able to return to training until 5 FebruarySpanish tennis player Paula Badosa has described her extended period of quarantine ahead of the Australia Open following a positive Covid-19 test a…

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Australian Open buildup shows no sport handling pandemic as clumsily as tennis | Tumaini Carayol

The year’s first grand slam will not produce a fair competition with many players forced to compete without a proper warmupNo tennis player across the world attracts drama like Yulia Putintseva. The story goes that at just 16, she lost in the finals of…

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Australian Open: quarantined Dayana Yastremska loses bid to lift doping ban

Yastremska in hard Covid lockdown but unable to competeUkraine’s 20-year-old arrived on Tennis Australia charterQuarantined tennis star Dayana Yastremska’s arrival in Australia has come under fire again after her appeal against a provisional doping sus…

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Andy Murray ‘devastated’ as he shelves Australian Open plans

Briton had been hoping to make Melbourne journey‘I want to thank everyone there for their effortsAndy Murray has said he will not be travelling to Australia to compete in the Australian Open having failed to find a “workable quarantine” after he recove…

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Sports quiz of the week: fighters, heroes and a concerned politician

Who saw red? Who was fed up? Who ran over footbridges?Lionel Messi was sent off for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao at the weekend. It was his first red card in 753 games for the club. How long did it take for him to get his first red card for Argent…

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Dominic Thiem denies players are getting special treatment in Adelaide

World No 3 says Djokovic tried to help players in Melbourne Paula Badosa tests positive for Covid before Australian OpenDominic Thiem, the US Open champion and world No 3, has denied the top players are receiving a notable advantage before the Australi…

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Ashleigh Barty to join Djokovic in Adelaide exhibition before Australian Open

Barty to make competitive return in A Day at the DriveDjokovic leads men’s line-up alongside Nadal, ThiemAustralian world No 1 Ashleigh Barty will make her long-awaited return to the court when she gets her summer started at the star-studded exhibition…

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Ashleigh Barty to join Djokovic in Adelaide exhibition before Australian Open

Barty to make competitive return in A Day at the DriveDjokovic leads men’s line-up alongside Nadal, ThiemAustralian world No 1 Ashleigh Barty will make her long-awaited return to the court when she gets her summer started at the star-studded exhibition…

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Novak Djokovic says ‘misconstrued’ letter was written with ‘good intentions’

World No 1 criticised for suggesting Covid protocol changes‘I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can’Novak Djokovic has defended his “good intentions” after receiving intense criticism for providing Tennis Australia with suggest…

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Novak Djokovic says ‘misconstrued’ letter was written with ‘good intentions’

World No 1 criticised for suggesting Covid protocol changes‘I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can’Novak Djokovic has defended his “good intentions” after receiving intense criticism for providing Tennis Australia with suggest…

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Tennis Australia confirms it will pay for players’ quarantine as cases linked to Australian Open rise

Tournament organisers clarify comments made by Craig Tiley that the Victorian government would share quarantine costsNSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsState-by-state restrictions and lockdown rules explainedFollow the Australia coronavirus liveblogTenni…

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Roberto Bautista Agut likens Australian Open quarantine to being in prison ‘but with wifi’

Spanish world No 13 hits out at state governmentMen’s matches will remain best of five sets, says Craig TileySpanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut has likened Australian Open quarantine in Melbourne to being in prison and laid the blame solely wi…

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‘Djokovic is a tool’: Nick Kyrgios hits out at world No 1 over Covid-19 demands

Djokovic has called for easing of quarantine restrictions‘No special treatment’ for players, says Victorian PremierNick Kyrgios has joined the former Davis Cup player Sam Groth in criticising Novak Djokovic after the world No 1 reportedly wrote to Aust…

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Australian Open: how Covid is shaping the tennis tournament – explainer

Quarantined tennis players, fan ‘pods’ and much smaller crowds. Here’s how the 2021 Australian Open is shaping up amid the pandemicThe Australian Open traditionally makes headlines weeks before it starts because it’s the first grand slam of the season….

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Quarantined tennis players get creative amid Australian Open recriminations

Hotel rooms made into makeshift training centres Anger and frustration permeates lead-up to tournamentCarpet, as it turns out, is not a like-for-like substitute for a hard court. But, as Australian Open competitors are fast learning, surfaces are what …

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Australian Open players forced to isolate in hotel rooms after multiple Covid-19 cases – video

Australian Open players are being made to practise in their hotel rooms after multiple positive cases of Covid-19. Players were initially set to self-isolate for 14 days, while being able to leave their rooms for five hours a day to practise and train….

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Aryna Sabalenka strives to underline her potential on the big stage

The most in-form player in the world bids to improve on a woeful record in grand slam events at the Australian OpenWinning grand slam tournaments was not always the sole objective of being a professional tennis player. Chris Evert, the greatest women’s…

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Australian Open players in stricter Covid isolation say they risk injury if not allowed to train

Some affected players say they they were misled about rules and organisers had promised this situation would not happenAustralian Open tennis players who have been forced into stricter quarantine have said they were misled about the rules for the tourn…