Bianca Andreescu amazed by new COVID rules at 2023 Australian Open - "Last time, I was quarantined in my room for 2 weeks"

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 at 04:00
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WTA star Bianca Andreescu has expressed her bewilderment at the new COVID-19 rules that will be in place at the 2023 Australian Open, which starts on January 16.
As per the new rules, players who test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to continue their participation at the event. That's in stark contrast to events only a year ago, as Andreescu would duly attest.
This time last year, Australia had some of the strictest quarantine rules on the planet. It involved putting everyone on a flight in hard quarantine if even one person flying into the country tested positive for COVID-19. Andreescu expressed her bewilderment in a response to a tweet from Luigi Gatto about the new quarantine rules at the 2023 Australian Open.
"Last time I was in Melbourne, I was quarantined in my room for 2 weeks. Damn," the Canadian tweeted.
Andreescu was put in a 14-day quarantine after her coach, Sylvian Brunneau, tested positive for the virus on their chartered flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne last year. All the passengers on the flight were quarantined and subjected to daily testing, which meant Andreescu couldn't hit the practice courts. The solitude affected her both mentally and physically, forcing her to withdraw from the tournament.
Bianca Andreascu wasn't the only player to go through such an ordeal at the Australian Open last year. The likes of Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and a few others were among several players in hard quarantine before the 2022 Australian Open.
A year later, though, with the worst of the pandemic seemingly over, quarantine rules worldwide, including Australia, have eased.

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