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Sister defends Court

June Shanahan, Margaret Court’s sister, told Sydney radio station 2GB on Saturday that she was ‘disgusted’ at remarks made by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews condemning the awarding of the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) to the legendary player.

Murray will not be travelling down under

Andy Murray will not be competing at the season opening grand slam and admits he is ‘devastated’ to be missing the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19 12 days ago.

Laura Robson undergoes more surgery

Britain’s Laura Robson’s hopes of making a full on-court comeback took another downturn when she underwent a third hip surgery last week.

ATP Cup draw is made for Feb 1 kick-off

In eleven day’s time, the tennis news will switch from recalcitrant players discussing the problems they are facing during quarantine to actual action on the court. That will be a moment to celebrate as the game moves closer to the first grand slam of the season when...

Is Australia shooting itself in the foot?

Australia seems intent on shooting itself in the foot, as participants in the first Grand Slam of the year continue to draw criticism while fur flies over the funding of the quarantining of some 1,200 overseas visitors and Margaret Court is tipped to receive the...

Barty joins Adelaide exhibition

Ash Barty’s hopes of joining the elite group of players in Adelaide for an exhibition on 29 January have been fulfilled as the women’s World No 1 has been named to take part with Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Bernades taken to Melbourne hospital

Brazil’s professional umpire Carlos Bernardes suffered a heart attack In his Melbourne quarantine hotel room and was rushed to hospital on Wednesday, where he is said to be ‘doing well’.

ATP-WTA merger notion stalls

The newly-elected 2021-2022 ATP Player Council includes the return to duty of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, all of whom have supported the notion of merging the ATP and WTA Tours, but the proposal has since stalled.

Murray still negotiating

While the coronavirus problems grow in Melbourne and a minority of quarantined players grumble at the inconvenience of the safety measures imposed on them, British tennis fans await the news as to whether Andy Murray will be allowed to compete

ATP Calendar update

The ATP has announced additions to their 2021 calendar as they continue to fit in opportunities for players to compete during these challenging times which have thrown the traditional calendar into disarray.
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AO face possible legal action

The Australian Open organisers may have thought their problems were over after agreeing comprehensive quarantine arrangements for players and moving the event back three weeks to February 8th and establishing a series of warm-up events in the weeks prior to the first major of the season.

I’m more than happy to toss in $10,000 or $20,000 to help the legal fight, it’s bloody shocking Digby Lewis, Westin apartment owner

But the apartment owners at the luxury Melbourne hotel have now raised objections to the arrangements in the hotel saying they were never consulted and accused the management of ‘ambushing’ them with the agreed arrangements, Reuters reports.

“It’s incredibly arrogant to ambush us this way as if it’s a done deal. There are substantive public health and legal issues that have not even been examined,” Mark Nicholson, a long-time apartment owner at the Westin, told Fairfax Media in Melbourne.

Another owner, Digby Lewis, added: “At 84, I’m in the vulnerable group and it’s shocking the way they tried to ram this through without any attempt to consult with us,” and went on to imply that legal action is a possibility.

“I’m more than happy to toss in $10,000 or $20,000 to help the legal fight, it’s bloody shocking.”

Hundreds of competitors are scheduled to arrive in Melbourne over the next few weeks and undergo the strict 14-day quarantine protocols which have been put in place which the Westin management affirm will not impinge on the apartment owners as they would not have any contact with the players who would be using separate entrances and lifts from theirs.

“Their floor will remain exclusive while there will be no reticulation of ventilation between the floors,” the Westin said in a statement whilst declaring that they had kept the residents informed throughout the negotiations.

Tennis Australia have so far not commented on the situation.

Meanwhile Victoria who recorded 800 covid deaths last year are worried that having successfully combated it could now be facing another outbreak as new cases have emerged at the weekend.






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