Quarantined tennis players get creative amid Australian Open recriminations

  • Hotel rooms made into makeshift training centres
  • Anger and frustration permeates lead-up to tournament

Carpet, 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 you make of them.

The same goes for mattresses, walls and double-glazed windows, all now proving their worth as essential apparatus in an athlete’s preparation for a grand slam.

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