Tennis Players in quarantine ahead of the Australia Open billed to serve off February 8 say boredom has taken over in the absence of regular practice.
The players especially those not allowed to practice till after the quarantine period say they now make due with playing computer and other indoor games for several hours.
Bernard Tomic has it easier than many Australian Open players as he quarantines with his Love Island star girlfriend and will be allowed to train for five hours a day.
But like hundreds of other inbound travellers, the tennis star and Vanessa Sierra are battling the boredom of hotel confinement, the lack of fresh air, and the consistently unappetising menu.
Ms Sierra offered a minute-by minute account of the couple’s Melbourne quarantine stint, revealing they are playing video games for 11 hours a day when not training.
‘There is literally zero fresh air and no balcony,’ Sierra said on Monday.
‘I played Pokemon for 11 hours straight yesterday and I think 12 hours straight the day before.
‘Bernard’s been playing World of Warcraft for about the same time I’ve been playing Pokemon. ‘It’s sort of all we’ve got as an option.’
Sierra said Tomic’s training was cancelled ‘last minute’ after positive coronavirus cases were diagnosed on three other Australian Open charter flights.
All travellers on board the flights from the US, Abu Dhabi, and Doha, including 72 competitors, were forced into hard quarantine for 14 days. As is that was not enough headache according to Sierra they were forced to keep their curtains shut after paparazzi set up camp in the street outside their window, leaving them in a dark room without daylight.
Despite the room’s limitations, Tomic has been making time to prepare for the Australian Open since the couple landed in Victoria last week.
After Tomic’s miraculous last-ditch qualification for the Grand Slam in Melbourne, the faded star is taking every opportunity to hone his skills for round 1.