Spain’s world number 13 Roberto Bautista Agut compared the harsh quarantine to prison and said of the Victorian government: “These people have no idea”.
Baptiste acute copped a hard lock after arriving on one of the many charter flights to Australia affected by testing positive for COVID-19.
When an interviewer from Israel Sport 5 suggested he looked like he was in jail, Bautista Agut replied, via FaceTime: “It’s the same, it’s the same – with wifi.
“These people have no idea of tennis, of training grounds, have no idea of anything.
“It’s a complete disaster because of it, because of the control of everything.”
The Spaniard blamed the Victorian government, rather than Tennis Australia.
“It’s not Tennis Australia, it’s the government people,” he said.
“You can work in the gym but it’s not the same. I feel very, very tense and I can’t imagine staying two weeks like this.
“It’s really, really hard. I’m going to have to work a lot mentally.”
In total, 72 players were forced to spend a fortnight in strict quarantine. There was a first wave of anger among those players, and others in regular quarantine, though complaints have eased due to the backlash from the Victorians who endured long lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.
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