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).

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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.

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