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Quarantined Tennis Player Yulia Putintseva Holds Up Sign Saying 'We Need Fresh Air To Breathe'

Quarantined Tennis Player Yulia Putintseva Holds Up Sign Saying 'We Need Fresh Air To Breathe'

Yulia Putintseva has joined the growing list of tennis players to voice their concerns over the compulsory 14-day quarantine currently going on in Melbourne.

Putintseva and around 70 other international players are in lockdown right now ahead of next month's Australian Open tournament.

The strict measures enforced by Tennis Australia are in place to comply with government-imposed coronavirus regulations which aim to keep the athletes safe before they finally step foot on the court.

But having only touched down in Australia just a matter of days ago, the athletes themsleves are already starting to complain about the living conditions in their hotel rooms.

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World number 28 Putintseva was the latest to do so when she took to social media to share her frustrations with being cooped up in isolation.

In a picture posted on her Instagram, the Kazakhstani can be seen standing in her room while holding up a sign which reads: "We need fresh air to breathe."

She simply captioned the photo: "Inspired by @dudewithsign P.S. windows do not open #freshairisimportant #atleast10minutesaday."

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This latest complaint comes not long after world number one Novak Djokovic penned a personal letter to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley demanding changes be made to the hotel living standards.

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Whether it's the food options or lack of training facilities, the players are clearly growing tired of hotel quarantine.

But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews insists these measures must be taken seriously amid the rise in COVID-19 cases linked to the international Australian Open flights.

Daniel Andrews. Credit: PA
Daniel Andrews. Credit: PA

"I can foreshadow the number of cases that are linked to the Australian Open, I believe... have been reclassified as shedding rather than being actively infected," Andrews said in a press conference.

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"That's the key point - are they reclassifications that affect more than just the person who has been reclassified - do they, in fact, take a cohort out of the hard lockdown? That's not necessarily the number one concern. The number one concern is, in fact, the likelihood of other positive cases.

"So if you've got say 30 people who are deemed a close contact because they've been on a plane with a case, and the case is no longer an active case but a historic shedding, well then, that would release those people from that hard lockdown."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@yulia_putintseva

Topics: Instagram, Tennis news, Pandemic, Melbourne, Australian Open, Coronavirus, Social Media, Quarantine, Australia

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.