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Serbia's Novak Djokovic stands on the balcony at his accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley defended Djokovic for appealing to Australian Open organizers to ease restrictions so players could move to private residences with tennis courts. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Jan. 19, 2021 6:55 AM EST

Two players are among the three latest COVID-19 cases that have emerged from testing conducted on passengers who arrived on charter flights bringing people to Melbourne for the Australian Open. Tournament director Craig Tiley said the players weren't considered to be contagious, though, and hadn't been taken out...

Italian tennis player Simone Bolelli, left, and Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major. (Luis Ascui/AAP Image via AP)

Lockdown: Tennis players getting on with life in Australia

Jan. 18, 2021 5:44 AM EST

With no way out, tennis players in lockdown are figuring out ways to keep themselves fit within the confines of their Melbourne hotel rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open. Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian Open in 2016, spent her birthday in quarantine on Monday. At times in the past, she's spent...

Italian tennis player Simone Bolelli, left, and Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major. (Luis Ascui/AAP Image via AP)

72 tennis players in lockdown after virus cases on flights

Jan. 17, 2021 10:09 PM EST

The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major. That means they won't be allowed to leave their hotel...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, left, talks with her coach Sylvain Bruneau during her match against Irina Camelia Begu, of Romania, at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Miami Gardens, Fla. Bruneau has released a statement, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, saying he was the positive coronavirus case aboard the flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and he had followed all protocols and procedures, including producing a negative test within 72 hours before the flight departure and has

Australian Open arrivals hit by 4 COVID-19 positive tests

Jan. 16, 2021 11:36 PM EST

Four coronavirus cases have been detected from charter flights carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 players into strict hotel quarantine. Health authorities confirmed there'd been three positive tests for COVID-19 returned on Saturday, and another on...

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

Jan. 15, 2021 3:02 AM EST

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. And she wanted everyone to know she was pleased to be in Australia despite all...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. reacts after losing a point to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Sandgren has reportedly been allowed on an Australia-bound flight despite recently testing positive for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Sandgren gets OK to fly to Australia despite COVID-19 result

Jan. 14, 2021 2:42 AM EST

Tennys Sandgren forced an early clarification of the COVID-19 rules as the first of 15 charter flights began flying Down Under to deliver players for the Australian Open. The two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist was given a special clearance to board one of the flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne despite...

American Korda to face Hurkacz in Delray Beach Open final

Jan. 12, 2021 10:36 PM EST

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Building on momentum from the French Open, American Sebastian Korda has reached his first ATP Tour final. Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3, 7-5 in the Delray Beach Open semifinals Tuesday night. Korda's opponent...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal serves against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Novak Djokovic and Nadal both head into 2021 with some major milestones within reach. Djokovic can surpass Roger Federer’s record for most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, while Nadal can break his tie with Federer for most Grand Slam singles title for a man, 20. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

TENNIS '21: COVID questions key; Nadal, Djokovic eye records

Jan. 5, 2021 4:26 PM EST

When the 2020 men’s tennis season ended at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal captured a common sentiment that still holds true as the 2021 tennis season is set to begin this week. “The world is suffering a lot, so we are very lucky that we can play tennis,” Nadal said in London in November....

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.  Federer’s agent tells The Associated Press, Sunday, Dec. 27,  that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is withdrawing from the Australian Open. Tony Godsick says Federer is still preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Agent to AP: Federer to miss Australia; planning 2021 return

Dec. 27, 2020 8:21 PM EST

Roger Federer withdrew from the Australian Open while he continues preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee and a tour absence that will have lasted longer than a year, his agent told The Associated Press. Tony Godsick — Federer’s long-time representative and CEO of their...