Tennis icon Serena Williams has described Australia’s COVID-19 quarantine rules as “insane and super intense” while endorsing the harsh approach.
Williams, 39, was interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as she nears the end of her 14-day hotel quarantine in Adelaide.
The American superstar will face Naomi Osaka in an exhibition match in Adelaide on Friday.
“It’s great, super strict, but it’s really good,” Williams told Colbert.
“So Australia currently has, for the last time I heard, no cases of COVID.
“So it’s amazing, right, the whole country? It’s really amazing.
“So when we come here to Australia, everyone has to quarantine themselves in a room for 14 days.
“It’s crazy and super intense but it’s great because after that you can have a new normal like we were used to this time last year in the United States.”
Williams lives in a hotel in Adelaide with her three-year-old daughter Olympia.
The biggest names in the Australian Open have been quarantined in Adelaide, with less lights in Melbourne.
This raised accusations of preferential treatment, a Craig Tiley, head of the charging tournament, didn’t hesitate.
“They’re doing it right,” Williams said.
“It’s really hard with a three year old to be in a hotel all day, but it’s worth it because you want everyone to be safe at the end of the day.”
Williams is hoping to equal Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles with another victory in Melbourne.