AFL teams back in bubble amid Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak

More Sports May 26, 2021

AFL teams back in bubble amid Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak

Australian Football League clubs were ordered to isolate as authorities battled to control an outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne on Wednesday. Players and staff at 10 clubs based in Victoria state, the heartland of Australian Rules football, will only be allowed to leave their homes ...

Fans return to Australian Open as Melbourne lockdown ends

Tennis Feb 18, 2021

Fans return to Australian Open as Melbourne lockdown ends

Excited fans drifted back to the Australian Open Thursday — following the expiration of a snap five-day lockdown in Melbourne — determined to create some atmosphere over the final days of a tournament that has been severely disrupted by the coronavirus. The already-delayed Grand Slam ...

Tennis stars prepare to emerge from quarantine in Australia

Tennis Jan 28, 2021

Tennis stars prepare to emerge from quarantine in Australia

The world's top tennis stars are set to emerge from a grueling two weeks stuck inside their hotel rooms as they race to get match fit before their coronavirus-disrupted season resumes in Australia. The players arrived in Melbourne and Adelaide earlier this month, in preparation ...

New coronavirus cases hit troubled Australian Open build-up

Tennis Jan 19, 2021

New coronavirus cases hit troubled Australian Open build-up

Three new coronavirus cases hit the Australian Open's troubled build-up on Tuesday as a backlash grew against international tennis players flown in during a raging pandemic. Two of the new cases were players, state health officials said, taking the total infections to seven since more ...

Australian Open players to be shifted to new quarantine hotel

Tennis Jan 5, 2021

Australian Open players to be shifted to new quarantine hotel

Australian Open organizers have been forced to tear up a quarantine accommodation plan for international players a month before the Grand Slam following a threat of legal action from apartment owners at a luxury hotel in Melbourne. Tennis Australia and government authorities had arranged for ...

Coronavirus curfew imposed on Australia's second-biggest city

Asia Pacific Aug 2, 2020

Coronavirus curfew imposed on Australia's second-biggest city

Australia on Sunday introduced sweeping new measures to control a growing coronavirus outbreak in its second-biggest city, including an overnight curfew and a ban on weddings for the first time during the pandemic. Despite a lockdown that began in early July, Melbourne has continued to ...