Australian Open: spectators asked to go out in the middle of the match to respect confinement

In the middle of the 3rd round match between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz this Friday at the Australian Open, spectators were asked to leave to respect the new confinement decreed by the State of Victoria.

Since the start of the Australian Open, spectators lined the stands of the various courts. Yes but here it is, a new five-day confinement has been decreed in Melbourne, from this Saturday. From 11:30 p.m. local time this Friday, spectators still present were therefore asked to return home.

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The referee requests evacuation

The scene was quite surprising as Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz faced off in the Rod Laver Arena. The Serb was leading two sets to one at the time of the evacuation demanded by the referee of the game. Only relatives of the players were allowed to stay to watch the end of the match. The public shouted at the referee at the time of the announcement in the heart of the 4th set.

Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the State of Victoria where the Australian Open takes place, announced that this confinement was necessary to stop a “hyper-infectious” cluster of contaminations with the English variant of the coronavirus, which appeared in one of the hotels having served in the quarantine of several players and participants in the Australian Grand Slam.

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The Australian Grand Slam will still be able to continue in the coming days, but behind closed doors. What necessarily for the players to regret the situation, while the public has been particularly present since the start of the competition. Like the warm atmosphere a little earlier this Friday when the local Nick Kyrgios was defeated, beaten in five sets by Dominic Thiem.

Guillaume Lepere with AFP RMC Sport journalist

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