Much work has gone into ensuring the first tennis grand slam of the year goes ahead and the Australian open is finally underway with players, officials and 30 000 fans in Melbourne for the day. One extra precautions were in place inside the venue for those spectators lucky enough to be watching on the main show courts.
Serena Williams opened her bid for that elusive record. Equalling 24th major title with a comfortable straight sets win over Laura Sigmund dropping just two games in the process. Williams has been nursing a shoulder injury in the build up, but still made it off court in time to catch the end of the Super Bowl and praised.
Fellow American Tom Brady in her post-match news conference, I just was watching as much as I could, and my only word is unbelievable. I kept saying this is unbelievable. This is unreal. You can’t say it was the system he was at formally.
It’s, Definitely Tom Brady that um he’s. Tom Brady. He’s, amazing. Another former Australian open champion safely through to round two is Naomi Osaka. She made light work of her opponent, Anastasia Pavlichenkova, in just over an hour fans watching on rod.
Laver arena, weren’t required to wear masks and Osaka was pleased to have them there. That, for me, is something really positive to take in and all in all, I think just I don’t know I haven’t walked around the grounds or anything.
So I don’t know what it feels like to be um a person in this stance like a spectator. But for me, as a player, it felt pretty normal organizers. Have several safety checks in operation for the two-week event, more than 800 hand, sanitizer dispensers have also been installed together with qr code checks, click and collect food and drink orders and daily deep cleaning.