'Feeding the mouse': Unexpected twist in tennis star's quarantine furore

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva (pictured right) during gym work and a mouse (pictured left) running around in her hotel quarantine room.
Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva (pictured right) has hit out at the conditions (pictured left) of her hotel quarantine after filming a mouse, but local police claim tennis stars could be feeding the rodent. (Images: Twitter/Instagram)

The hotel quarantine mouse saga has taken an unexpected twist after the police asked tennis stars to stop feeding the rodents in isolation.

Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva has made worldwide headlines after taking to social media to complain about her hotel conditions after she appeared to film a mouse running around her hotel room.

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

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

But in an unwanted twist, just three days later and a new hotel room, Putintseva has yet again filmed a mouse entering her room.

“Different room same story wanted to go to sleep but noooope,” she wrote.

“Cool now the reception told me the hotel is full and that they cant help its a joke.”

The Kazakh star garnered sympathy from many for her situation over the second incident with some fans labelling it ‘unacceptable’.

But in an unexpected twist, Putintseva garnered little sympathy from Victoria's police minister Lisa Neville who accused stars of feeding the rodent.

She said that cleaners were unable to service the rooms.

"We've had the hotel pest controlled this week and I think there may have been some feeding going on of the mouse," Neville said on Wednesday.

"We're doing everything we can to make sure these rooms don't have mice ... I'd encourage them to minimise interaction with the mice and we will keep doing pest control if we need to."

Kazakh star’s bitter war-of-words with Stubbs

The Kazakh star also hit out at Aussie tennis great Rennae Stubbs after she called for tennis players to stop complaining about the quarantine.

Stubbs hit out at Putintseva and said she would be walking away with a lot of money after the Aus Open.

“Seriously! I like many did 2 weeks in quarantine & guess what, we survived! You’re going to live & still walk away with a minimum of 100k in your pocket,” she wrote.

“But if u want to give that $$ to charity, I’m sure they would appreciate it & u can leave ASAP after.”

But Putintseva hit back.

“What are you even talking about? One week is enough to prepare for the grand slam when you spend 14 days in your room playing with the wall? Well For doubles probably yes, but for singles doesn’t work that way,” she wrote.

with AAP

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