Australian Open organisers have been pressured to tear up a quarantine lodging plan for worldwide players a month earlier than the Grand Slam following a risk of authorized motion from residence house owners at a luxurious hotel in Melbourne.
Tennis Australia and authorities authorities had organized for players to serve a 14-day obligatory quarantine on the Westin Melbourne forward of the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open.
On Tuesday, the plan was scrapped after residence house owners on the Westin complained that they had not been correctly consulted and would search an injunction towards it.
“Following consultation between the owners of The Westin Melbourne, the hotel’s existing residents and COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria the decision has been made to accommodate players and their support teams arriving in Melbourne for the upcoming ATP at an alternate hotel location,” the Westin mentioned in an announcement.
Graeme Efron, a lawyer representing the house owners, mentioned the quarantine plan was “never going to get through”.
“It was the epitome of hubris that they thought people would go along with it without being consulted,” he mentioned.
International players on the Australian Open are anticipated to arrive in Melbourne from mid-January.
Victoria state Police Minister Lisa Neville instructed reporters on Tuesday an alternate quarantine hotel had been secured for the players, which might be “stood up today or tomorrow”.
Many of the world’s prime players are planning to compete at tournaments at Melbourne Park within the week earlier than the Grand Slam.
World primary Novak Djokovic and second-ranked Rafa Nadal are scheduled to play on the team-based ATP Cup, which means they would want to arrive in Melbourne not less than two weeks earlier than the Feb. 1-5 match to full quarantine in time.
Melbourne, capital of Victoria state, was the epicentre of Australia’s largest second wave COVID-19 outbreak, which began at two quarantine accommodations for worldwide arrivals.
More than 18,000 infections had been recorded in Victoria throughout the outbreak and almost 800 deaths.
Victoria recorded 4 new instances of COVID-19 in Melbourne on Tuesday, together with one in hotel quarantine.