The Australian Open will have 30,000 spectators per day throughout the tournament

Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic played with an Australian Rules football after his two-week quarantine in Adelaide

Most were allowed out of their rooms for up to five hours a day for training and gym work, but 72 players remained in strict lockdown after fellow passengers on their flights to Australia tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

World No. 1 and home favourite Ashleigh Barty headlines Yarra Valley, alongside 23-time Major singles champion Serena Williams, while second-ranked Simona Halep and world No. 3 Naomi Osaka are the main attractions at Gippsland.

Melbourne Park, site of the Australian Open, was busy Saturday with all but 22 players out of hotel quarantine and preparing for the tuneup tournaments which get under way on Sunday.

Williams's quarantine had an extra wrinkle in the shape of her 3-year-old daughter and they celebrated their release with a trip to Adelaide Zoo.

Now that the quarantine is over, it's time to "start talking about tennis", he said.

"But it was fun. honestly I wouldn't trade anything for spending hours with her".

Seven-time Australian Open victor Williams, who is gunning for one more Slam title to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 at next month's tournament, spent her two weeks holed up with three-year-old daughter Olympia. "It's insane and super intense but it's super good because after that you can have a new normal like we were used to this time a year ago in the United States".

She later played her first match of the season, with Olympia among a packed crowd at Memorial Drive, beating a sometimes-erratic world number three Osaka 6-2, 2-6 (10/7).

Man City move three points clear as Man Utd draw at Arsenal
I'm not going to get drawn into that title race that you're writing about. Firmino has scored six goals so far this season.

"I don't miss too many people on tour, to be honest, apart from all the Australian guys and a couple of good friends".

Earlier this month, the men's world number one lobbied Tennis Australia for better conditions for players in hard lockdown.

With thousands of Australians stranded overseas, the players' arrival prompted some disquiet among the public, especially when some complained about their quarantine and cases sprang up among the travelling party.

After struggling with blisters during an exhibition in Adelaide on Friday, playing only one of his two scheduled sets, he said he was now "fine" ahead of his season debut in the ATP Cup this week then the Australian Open on February 8.

I mean, was a unique experience I think for every one of us coming to Australia and being 14 days in quarantine.

Naomi Osaka, left, of Japan and Serena Williams of the US walk from the court together following an exhibition tennis event in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Jan 29.

Australian Open chief executive Craig Tiley said Saturday the Australian Open will be fair for all players despite differing preparations. I wanted to get entirely away from it, and it was tough to start getting back into it, I'm not going to lie.

Related News:

  • US East Coast braces for major winter storm

    US East Coast braces for major winter storm

    A Times Square Alliance worker clears sidewalks of snow in Times Square, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of NY . The storm is expected to continue in the region until Tuesday, capping off with a mixture of ice, sleet and freezing rain.
    China's factory activity growth slows in January due to COVID-19

    China's factory activity growth slows in January due to COVID-19

    The two industries reporting contraction in January are printing & related support activities; and petroleum & coal products. The employment barometer rose to 52.6 percent from 51.7 percent - the best reading in almost 2 years.
    U.S.  congressman gets virus after two shots

    U.S. congressman gets virus after two shots

    Lori Trahan , announced that she is among the 26 million Americans who have tested positive, per WYCN . Lynch is the second member of the MA delegation to test positive within a week.
  • Liverpool's Matip ruled out for rest of season

    Liverpool's Matip ruled out for rest of season

    Klopp's best friend is David Wagner, who was the Schalke manager until recently and was in charge when Kabak joined the club. Joel Matip has remarkably become Liverpool's third senior central defender to be ruled out for the rest of the season.
    The British want to join the CPTPP Free Trade Agreement

    The British want to join the CPTPP Free Trade Agreement

    She has touted joining as Britain made agreements with members such as Japan and Canada in the wake of Brexit , with British media reporting that CPTPP nations accounted for around 8% of United Kingdom exports in 2019.
    Comet provides spectacular show as it streaks past Earth

    Comet provides spectacular show as it streaks past Earth

    The comet will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere until mid-August, when it heads back toward the outer solar system. The comet's closest approach to Earth will occur on July 22 at a distance of 64 million miles, the space agency said.
  • Biden Administration Approves $230M Deal for At-Home COVID Test

    Biden Administration Approves $230M Deal for At-Home COVID Test

    The self-performed test, which won US emergency use authorization in December, can give results within 15 minutes or less. An app needs to be downloaded in order for the result to be accessed.
    Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

    Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

    For the last time. 'I am a child , the f**k!' the girl retorts. "Unbelievable", an officer said after the auto door was closed. The girl called out for her father as officers attempted to get her in a vehicle. "I got her", he added.
    Jesus earns EPL leader Man City 1-0 win over Sheffield Utd

    Jesus earns EPL leader Man City 1-0 win over Sheffield Utd

    Their team have been together a long time so they know what to do. "We struggle because they are a very good side". It's hard to pick just one player, as City had plenty of contributors but few stars.
  • Trump names new lawyers for impeachment defense team

    Trump names new lawyers for impeachment defense team

    Schoen represented Stone in his criminal case when the Trump associate was charged for witness tampering and lying to Congress. The Trump team is expected to make a more limited filing on its response to the summons issued for the Senate trial.
    Priyanka Chopra: My acting career was a 'fluke'

    Priyanka Chopra: My acting career was a 'fluke'

    Priyanka Chopra's husband, singer Nick Jonas , congratulated the actress for her new brand in his own way on social media. Unfinished is already available for pre-order and will officially release on February 9, 2021.
    Mi 11 Lite to feature a new Qualcomm chip, 64MP camera

    Mi 11 Lite to feature a new Qualcomm chip, 64MP camera

    The Mi 11 Lite will be fueled by a new Qualcomm SM7350 chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Digital Chat Station says the phone will make use of the Snapdragon SM7350 chipset, which is yet to launch.


Most liked

Zuckerberg hasn’t convinced Australia to back down from new law
The newly proposed Australian law aims to make Google and Facebook pay Australian media firms for using their news content. Facebook has threatened to prevent Australians from sharing news on its platform if the law is implemented.

India, England players clear COVID-19 tests, to have nets February 2
But we will certainly try to get the crowds in for the second Test. "He has done really well in Test cricket", he added. I feel like I have more dismissals in play and I wouldn't want to change something just because someone else did it.

House Democrats mount effort to punish Georgia Rep. Greene
Mrs Greene filed articles of impeachment last month against President Biden, accusing him of corruption and abuse of power. "Congresswoman Greene - hard to say those words together - what are some of the theories you believe in", said McKinnon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce Super Bowl uniform choice
You put the best coach and quarterback together, well, then you get the Patriots from 2001-19. And I'll understand that I gave everything I could to give to this game.

Free PlayStation Plus Games for February 2021 revealed
The other, Destruction AllStars , will be available until April 5, suggesting it will be the PS5 game also for the March offer. We include the dates of availability of the download of each of them and until when they will be available.

Caps' Ovechkin, Orlov cleared to return from COVID list
In the process, Washington's captain tied Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for seventh on the career goal-scoring list with his 708th. That'll contribute a bit to it, but at the end of the day I thought we were trying to get inside, trying to get to the net.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter signs modeling contract
Emhoff told The Times that she's excited to use her new platform to "share a lot of things I really care about, and do some good". Her mother later tweeted to explain that Ella was in fact directing the look at her, but that didn't stop the clip going viral .

Billionaire Steve Cohen quits Twitter, citing threats in GameStop uproar
The hedge fund billionaire told Mets fans "We have other ways to listen to your suggestions and remain committed to doing that". Cohen's absurd wealth made him one of the notable storylines in 2020 when he purchased the Mets from the Wilpon family.

Ontario reports under 2000 new COVID-19 cases to start February
At the Caressant Care Retirement Home in Woodstock, there are now a total of 38 resident and nine staff cases, but no deaths. Canada has now recorded 20,016 deaths since the first case of COVID-19 surfaced in the country just over a year ago.

U.S. voting rights activist Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Nor is it an assessment of what the global community may think of those who helped bring about peace. Twitter erupted at the announcement, with many predicting Kushner wouldn't come close to winning.

Hitman 3 DLC Locations Won’t Include ‘New Maps’: IO Interactive
This momentum will possibly continue to increase, provided the universally positive feedback from fans and critics alike. However, Large warns that it most likely won't include new levels like Hitman 2's NY bank level or Haven Island.

GeForce Now game streaming starts to roll out Chrome support
Like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna , GeForce Now is a computer you "rent" in the cloud to stream your games to your computer. It ties into your Steam, Battle.net, Epic, and UPlay accounts to let you play numerous games you already own.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 First look and Specifications spotted
There's no word on whether the screen will use FHD+ or QHD+ resolution, but the phone is expected to use a 144Hz refresh rate. The images showcase the dot-matrix aura lighting setup on the back, along with a horizontally aligned triple camera setup.

UK Government to fund construction of pop-up urban airport concept
While there has been progress on developing flying cars, Sandhu said the infrastructure was the missing piece. The site, which will be known as Air-One, is being developed by Urban Air Port in collaboration with Hyundai.

Asos seals £265m deal to buy Topshop and Miss Selfridge
Founder Green has also had a hard few years after he was criticized for the sale and subsequent collapse of BHS department stores. It comes after Boohoo - set up only 15 years ago - acquired the Debenhams brand, but not its stores in a £55m deal.