Djokovic, Nadal, Serena to quarantine in Adelaide, not Melbourne
Jan 10 2021
"The main reason was the quarantine", Sa said, as he explained Federer's absence in an interview with Band Sports.
But, with hotel rooms in the city scarce, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he had approached the South Australian government about taking some of them. He could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn't. That apparently would not work with Mirka and their four children who would be couped in a hotel room for 14 days.
As match coordinators finished their plannings to move the Australian Open to February from its standard January start, the best 100 people on the planet raced to join, longing to play a Grand Slam in a nation with few instances of the Covid, regardless of whether it implied fourteen-day isolation upon appearance. Mirka did not approve of the idea.
Other warm-up tournaments, including a shortened version of the ATP Cup involving Nadal, Djokovic and Thiem, will be held in Melbourne before the Australian Open. "Only there would be at least five weeks away from family and children", Sa said. And then he said, 'Dude, 39, four kids, 20 Grand Slams. "I'm no longer at the stage to be away from my family for five weeks'". Virtually all of the Western World is following the same playbook regarding travel restrictions, flawed PCR testing requirements and quarantine rules.
But this wasn't part of the equation at Federer's age.
One likely start would be in Dubai, where the Swiss is now practising.
The inaugural event previous year featured 24 teams and was played in three Australian cities, with Djokovic's Serbia team beating Nadal and Spain in the final at Sydney's Ken Rosewall Arena.
However Sa, a former Wimbledon quarter finalist, told a different story when interviewed by Ace BandSports, a platform in his native Brazil.
From a selfish point of view, it's just a shame we won't get to see him in Melbourne.
But with governments seemingly hell-bent on sticking to measures that have yet to produce any evidence they work despite being enforced for almost a year, it's hard to foresee the Swiss playing as much as he'd like to after missing virtually all of last season.
"We would like to thank our partners, Tennis Australia, for their dedication and commitment to staging this year's tournament, which promises to deliver a strong start to the new 2021 season", he added. Let me know in the comments.