Police officers ask the fans to leave the stadium. © APA / afp / WILLIAM WEST
Because of the five-day lockdown in Melbourne, the third-round game at the Australian Open between world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic and American Taylor Fritz has been temporarily interrupted.
February 12, 2021
At 11.30 p.m. local time, all spectators had to leave the Rod-Laver-Arena on Friday evening. At that point it was 7: 6 (7: 1), 6: 4, 3: 6, 2: 3 from Djokovic’s point of view. Because a new lockdown was imposed for Melbourne because of the corona outbreak in an airport hotel, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season continues without spectators for the time being.
The lockdown went into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. throughout the state, by which time all tennis fans present should be home. Because the government classified professional athletes in the group of “necessary professions”, the Australian Open continues. However, from Saturday, no more spectators will be allowed on the facility in Melbourne Park for the next five days. So far, spectators were allowed.
After a break of several minutes, Fritz and Djokovic also returned to the field and continued their game in front of almost empty spectators.
Author: dpa / det