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Two Australian Open players have tested positive for COVID-19

Police Minister Lisa Neville said Ms Putintseva was moved to a different room in the hotel, and she understood the player had been feeding the mouse.

He's reported to have issued a letter to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley, with a list of demands for the players.

More players were forced into hard quarantine ahead of the Australian Open with officials confirming on Monday that four additional participants, including an athlete, tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) among those arriving in Melbourne.

Some players have expressed anger at being classified as close contacts merely for being on board those flights with people who later tested positive and, therefore, forced into a harsher quarantine than the broader group of players who'll be allowed out of their rooms to practice for up to five hours per day.

Tiley denied accusations of preferential treatment for top players and said the organisers will try to help those affected by the positive cases on their flights.

"The 25 players on the flight will not be able to leave their hotel room for 14 days and until they are medically cleared".

The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on February 8.

There's a good chance the standard of play, at least in the opening rounds, may be a little lower than usual, given that the latest count has 72 professional players under quarantine in Melbourne. So he was given approval to fly to Australia last week.

There are currently 72 Australian Open players confined to their hotel rooms
There are currently 72 Australian Open players confined to their hotel rooms

"This is the contribution that they have to make in order to get the privilege of when they do come out to compete for $80 million Australian dollars ($62 million) in prize money".

"The reason we are here is to put on a show for the people of Australia, the people of Melbourne, and also the world stage". "Sometimes the minority have the loudest voices".

"We're a Grand Slam at the end of the day and right now, three out of five sets for the men and two out of three sets for the women is the position we plan on sticking to", Tiley told the Nine Network on Tuesday.

"We're in our sixth day and so far our numbers have been extremely low and if they are active cases they go straight to the medi-hotel", he said.

Earlier, Nick Kyrgios called world number one Novak Djokovic a "tool" as player complaints about quarantine were slammed by Australia's public and media. "But he, too, is understanding what two weeks of lockdown means. every player coming down knew that if they were going to be close contacts or test positive that these were going to be the conditions".

Australia's global borders are mostly closed, although there are exemptions in special circumstances. Each of Australia's states and territories has its own border and travel restrictions, and those can change on very short notice.

Andrews came under substantial pressure in 2020 after putting the country's second-most populous state into a months-long lockdown to fight a second wave of infections of the new coronavirus.

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