'Nightmare': Tennis stars fume over shock quarantine discoveries

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Yulia Putintseva filming a mouse (pictured left) in her hotel room and (pictured right) a bag of McDonald's.
Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva appeared to film a mouse (pictured left) in her hotel room during quarantine, while Benoit Paire ordered McDonald's (pictured right) after stars complained over the food. (Images: Twitter/Instagram)

Tennis stars from around the world have been met with frustration when arriving in Australia to find out they will be forced into two weeks quarantine, without practice, but further discoveries in lockdown have left some fuming.

On Saturday, 47 players were barred from training for a fortnight in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after becoming ‘close contacts’ with a positive Covid case on their chartered flights.

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One star to express her frustration over the hard quarantine is Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva.

She said if it was made clear to her about the rules on the chartered flights, she may have opted out of the tournament.

“What I don’t understand is that, why no one ever told us, if one person on board is positive the whole plane need to be isolated, I would think twice before coming here,” she wrote on Twitter.

But in a further development, she took to social media to complain about her hotel conditions after she appeared to film a mouse running around her hotel room.

“Been trying to change the room for a 2 hours already,” she wrote.

“And no one came to help due to quarantine situation.”

Some fans on social media were left stunned at the footage with Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother, joking Putintseva needed a pet cat.

Aus Open stars complain about food

Many stars in quarantine also took to social media to complain about the food.

Spanish star Pablo Carreno Busta and Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini were two stars to question their meals.

Frenchman Benoit Paire just skipped the drama and ordered McDonalds.

Some also pointed out food was better on day two of quarantine.

The world's top players began arriving in Australia on Thursday for the delayed Grand Slam, which is due to start on February 8.

Players are allowed to train for the five hours each day agreed to as part of their build-up to the opening major of the year.

But this schedule was thrown into chaos after everyone on board the two flights with covid cases, considered as close contacts, have been ordered to stay in their hotel rooms for the entire 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

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