Kazakh tennis star Yulia Putintseva whimpered relentlessly about mice trotting around her hotel room, but the world No.28 could get him in trouble.
This is the opinion of the Minister of Emergency Services of Victoria, Lisa Neville, who indicated that the competitor of the Australian Open could feed the mice.
Putintseva, one of 72 competitors trapped in a 14-day hotel quarantine after the arrival of three coronavirus-infected flights sent for the grand slam, changed rooms after seeing mice scurrying around.
However, the 26-year-old was later greeted by other annoying rodents in her new room.
Ms Neville did not identify the subject of her rant, but it is believed she was targeting Putintseva.
“As I understand it, there may have been meals going on,” Ms. Neville said.
“First, we moved the particular tennis player the other day.
“We have had pest control in hotels this week and I think there may have been meals going on with the mice.”
Putintseva’s complaints about the mice are but a cheesy bite of the apparent issues taunting the locked Australian Open players and partners.
The triple Grand Slam quarter-final also grumbled about the lack of fresh air, lamenting the fact that the windows cannot be opened.
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut compared quarantine to prison with WiFi, while compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta and Italian Fabio Fognini criticized the quality of the food.
Extraordinarily, even the partner of Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic – Vanessa Sierra – complained about the food and that she has to wash her hair, which she “had never done”.
Tennis Australia Managing Director Craig Tiley hosted a video conference with 500 players last night and said he was struck by a mixture of comments.
“We had 500 players last night on a group chat where anyone could ask questions, file a complaint,” Tiley said.
“We stood as a team and took them – and there were some big hits that we took. But there were also compliments and a ‘thank you’ scroll.”
Amid the barrage of moans, some can smell a rat.
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