Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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About 30,000 spectators a day to be allowed at Australian Open

About 30,000 spectators a day to be allowed at Australian Open

"I'm so glad the quarantine is over because to be in a room with a three-year-old and being her best friend is definitely hard, especially after training and working out and then it's like, oh my gosh, it never ends", said Williams. "Everyone has done an incredible job to get it going, and I feel like we're keeping things safe, so I'm excited to go out there and play, and hopefully, I will have some good results", Nick Kyrgios said. The 17-time Grand Slam victor didn't appear for the first set against young Italian Jannik Sinner at an exhibition in Adelaide, just hours after emerging from two weeks' quarantine, with fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic taking his place.

Earlier Friday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic missed the start of his scheduled exhibition match against emerging Italian talent Jannik Sinner, who was Nadal's quarantine practice partner. She has another few days of quarantine to complete.

Krajinovic won the first set 6-3 and Djokovic the second by the same score to give the Serbian tag-team victory.

"I'm sorry that I didn't step on the court from the beginning".

"I accept they'd love to get out but we're not taking any chances", Neville told radio station 3AW on Friday.

Television pictures showed a raw blister on the palm of his right hand, where he grips his racquet.

"It's part of what we do, we learn over the years to play with the pain", Djokovic said.

"We didn't play in front of this big a crowd in 12 months so this is something very special", he said, having earlier opted for a quiet walk to celebrate finishing quarantine.


"Just putting bare feet on the ground", he said.

More than 1,000 players, coaches and officials jetted into largely virus-free Australia this month for 14 days' lockdown ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year, with most allowed out for just five hours of daily supervised training.

"You know, just putting bare feet on the ground, just doing something that I didn't have a chance to do so, just having the space I think that's what we all kind of missed", the 17-time Grand Slam victor said.

The first groups were released from isolation late on Thursday in Melbourne and all but a handful of the cohort are expected to be cleared by midday on Sunday.

Nick Kyrgios was one of the leading figures at the last year's ATP Cup, scoring three singles victories before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-final.

Nadal, now 34 and boasting 20 major titles, rarely plays in the week before a major tournament but had no choice this year thanks to quarantine and a re-jigged lead-up schedule that features six simultaneous tournaments across the men's and women's tours.

"Conditions were great for us, considering the circumstances", said Djokovic in Adelaide on Friday.

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