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What the Tokyo Olympics organisers could learn from the Australian Open

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says some form of quarantine is a must for the Tokyo Olympics to be able to take place safely during the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking on ABC Melbourne's Grand National show on Saturday morning, Tiley said without quarantine, Games organisers were taking a big risk of large infection events taking place.Tiley said he had not spoken directly to anyone at the Australian Olympic Committee, but had "read the playbook"."I'm sure there is more detail behind what I have read, but I do know that if you put anyone that is incubating the virus — because you can still test negative and be incubating the virus — and you put them in the bubble and they then infect others in the bubble … you have athletes showing up to the Olympic Games, who've spent the last five years preparing for this moment and they get taken out because they either test positive or are close contacts."I think that would be disastrous for that athlete."So, how would Tiley recommend the Olympic organisers went about things?Australian Open a good example for others to follow

Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt voted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

Lleyton Hewitt, the youngest male player to be ranked world number one, is set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Class of 2021.Key points:Hewitt described it as the "ultimate recognition"He was the youngest player achieve year-end number one statusThe Original Nine have also been elected into the International Tennis Hall of FameThe Australian star won grand slam singles titles at the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002 and in November 2001 reached the top of the rankings at the age of just 20 years.Hewitt is also the youngest player to achieve year-end number one status, before going on to help Australia win two Davis Cups and 30 professional singles tournaments, including back-to-back Masters Cup titles."When you are competing, you're so focused on training and your results that week or that year, you don't really look ahead to something like this," Hewitt, 40, said."But when that is all compiled up and deemed deserving of becoming a Hall of Famer, well, it's just the ultimate recognition for a player, and I'm so honoured."Hewitt was the only one of five nominees in the player category — the others being Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sergi Bruguera, Jonas Bjorkman and Lisa Raymond — who was voted in.Original Nine inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

Djokovic admits to being frustrated by people who doubt his injury

Novak Djokovic's place at the top of world tennis is once again indisputable after winning the Australian Open for a record ninth time, but he remains a target for criticism.Key points:Djokovic spoke to reporters the day after beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2Djokovic copped criticism for saying he had an abdominal tear after the third roundHe told reporters an MRI revealed the abdominal tear grew from 17 millimetres to 25mmOver the past two weeks, people questioned the severity of an abdominal "tear" he said he picked up in a third-round win over Taylor Fritz.As he continued to scythe through his competition at Melbourne Park, voices around the tennis world cast doubt on his story, with Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis apparently mocking him in a now-deleted Twitter post."I have no idea what he's feeling or what he's going through. I just heard he thinks he has a torn muscle. I didn't mean it in a bad way at all," Kokkinakis said when asked about his Twitter activity."I'm like, if he can recover from a torn muscle in two days, hats off. Teach me.""I copped abuse for it, but it wasn't even taking a shot at him." he added."If he actually has a torn muscle and can recover in two days, that's impressive, because I haven't been able to do that and it's taken me months."

'A roller-coaster ride': Djokovic admits successful Australian Open campaign took emotional toll

Novak Djokovic has described his ninth Australian Open championship win as one of the "most challenging" of his career, revealing he was hurt by the criticism he received prior to the tournament when he suggested player quarantine conditions be relaxed.Key points:Djokovic says his Australian Open triumph was a "roller-coaster ride"He was publicly criticised when he recommended Australian Open organisers ease quarantine restrictions for playersThe world number one says he did not let the criticism affect his focus during the tournamentDjokovic was speaking after clinching his third consecutive title at Melbourne Park when he defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the men's final on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.It was the Serb's 18th major singles crown, leaving him just two shy of the men's all-time record held by his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.Djokovic found himself in the media spotlight last month when he wrote a letter to Australian Open organisers recommending the easing of quarantine restrictions for players.He faced intense public criticism and was even labelled a "tool" by Nick Kyrgios on Twitter.During the tournament, the world number one also had to contend with speculation about the severity of an abdominal injury he suffered in the early rounds.Download the ABC News app for all the latest.Djokovic said he had to clear several emotional hurdles on his way to winning another Australian Open."Each one (Australian Open wins) is different, it's hard to compare," Djokovic said in his post-match media conference."But it has been definitely emotionally [one of] the most challenging grand slams that I ever had with everything that was happening — injury, off-the-court stuff, quarantines."It has been … a roller-coaster ride in the last four weeks."The criticism Djokovic faced before the Australian Open followed widespread disapproval of his behaviour last year when he organised the Adria Tour exhibition event in the Balkans during the coronavirus pandemic.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 32 seconds1m 32s

Sam Stosur, Matt Ebden beaten in Australian Open mixed doubles final

Australia's Sam Stosur and Matt Ebden have gone down in straight sets in the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open.Key points:Sam Stosur and Matt Ebden have lost to Czech Barbora Krejčíková and American Rajeev Ram in the mixed doubles final at the Australian OpenStosur has won seven grand slam titles — one in singles, three in women's doubles and three in mixed doublesFor Krejčíková it was her third straight Australian Open mixed doubles title — she also partnered Ram to victory in 2019 The pair lost 6-1, 6-4 to number six seeds, Barbora Krejčíková of the Czech Republic and American Rajeev Ram on Rod Laver Arena.They struggled in the first set, broken in the opening game on Ebden's service.Krejčíková and Ram broke again in the third game on Stosur's serve, with the Australians losing the deciding point on an error.The pair raced to a 4-0 lead before their opponents got on the board with Ebden holding serve to 15. But they could not make any further inroads, with Stosur broken again in the seventh game as Krejčíková and Ram took the set 6-1 in 22 minutes.LoadingThe Australians made more inroads in the second set, and games went with serve until Krejčíková and Ram won three straight points from 30-15 down to break Ebden's serve in the 10th game and take out the title."I'd like to thank Matt for playing with me," Stosur said after the match."Couldn't quite get it done tonight but I had so much fun this week. It was a pleasure to play with you."Really hope we can do it again some time. I'd like to thank Craig [Tiley, Australian Open tournament director], wherever you are, mostly for our wildcard into this event. Couldn't have done that without that help."Sam Stosur's grand slam title winsUS Open Women's Singles, 2011 - def Serena WilliamsUS Open Women's Doubles, 2005 - with Lisa RaymondFrench Open Women's Doubles, 2006 - with Lisa RaymondAustralian Open Women's Doubles, 2019 - with Zhang ShuaiAustralian Open Mixed Doubles, 2005 - with Scott DraperWimbledon Mixed Doubles, 2008 - with Bob BryanWimbledon Mixed Doubles, 2014- with Nenad ZimonjićStosur also thanked the fans for turning out at Melbourne Park."Thanks for all the support, not just this week but for our whole careers. We look forward to playing for you guys again," she said.Stosur, the 2011 US Open women's singles champion, has won three mixed doubles titles and three women's doubles titles at grand slams. Her most recent grand slam win came at Melbourne Park in 2019, when she won the women's doubles crown with Zhang Shuai.Krejčíková and Ram, who had been in full quarantine after arriving in Australia, went all the way in the mixed doubles competition.It was Krejčíková's third straight title — she won with Ram in 2019, then partnered Nikola Mektić to victory last year before rejoining Ram for this year's tournament.Ram also won the Australian Open men's doubles title in 2020 with Joe Salisbury.

Naomi Osaka defeats Jennifer Brady to win second Australian Open title

Naomi Osaka has won her second Australian Open championship in three years following a straight-sets victory over Jennifer Brady in the women's final at Melbourne Park.Key points:Osaka broke Brady's serve four times during the final, which she won 6-4, 6-3She now has four major singles titles, having also won two US OpensBrady reached the final after going through hard quarantine before the tournamentThe third-seeded Osaka, who first lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in 2019, triumphed 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.It is the Japanese star's second-straight major title, following her US Open win last September, and the fourth in her young career.Brady, the tournament's 22nd seed, was making her debut in the final of a major. The American was the only player in the women's draw who went through hard quarantine to reach the second week at Melbourne Park.

Barty secures late wildcard to headline Adelaide International

World number one Ash Barty has been granted a late wildcard to the Adelaide International, after her shock loss in the Australian Open quarter-finals.Key points:Barty is the defending champion at the WTA eventShe and other players have been granted exemptions from travel restrictionsThe six-day tournament begins at Memorial Drive on MondayBarty is the defending champion at the Adelaide WTA event, which begins on Monday.In a statement on the tournament's website, Barty said she felt "grateful to get another week playing in front of Australian fans"."I am looking forward to coming back to Adelaide and having the opportunity to defend my title," Barty said.The top-ranked women's tennis player bowed out of the Australian Open on Wednesday, losing her quarter-final to Karolína Muchová in three sets.Barty was recently in Adelaide for the Day at the Drive exhibition event at the Memorial Drive tennis complex.South Australia reopened its border to regional Victoria during the week, but still has restrictions on arrivals from Greater Melbourne.Download the ABC News app for all the latest.But Barty is among more than 300 players and support crew who have been granted exemptions, allowing them to take part in the tournament."Players have been tested so much and they've been in lockdown for five days as well … so we're comfortable, certainly, with the discussions we've had with SA Health in regards to delivering this event," tournament director Alistair MacDonald said on Wednesday.SA Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Emily Kirkpatrick, said restrictions would still apply."Allowing them to walk across to the training area — they'll need to be wearing a mask when they're undertaking that as well, and making sure they have no contact with the public," Dr Kirkpatrick said.MacDonald said he was "thrilled to welcome" Barty back to Memorial Drive."Ash brings so much energy to the court and that is felt by every person who has the privilege of watching her in the stands," he said.SA Premier Steven Marshall also welcomed news of the world number one's return."Ash has had great success here at Memorial Drive over the last couple of years and we'll welcome her with open arms, and cheer her on from the first serve," he said.The six-day tournament runs from Monday to Saturday.Several other top 20 players are on the tournament's line-up, including Canada's Bianca Andreescu and Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.

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