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A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He’d watched a few seasons of “The Sopranos” and his eyes were getting tired from reading.

Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought “Aha. That’s a hat waiting to happen.”

The paper cowboy was born.

Using the good quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day, Marriott, an art director on TV commercials, began fashioning an outfit. He added a brim to his hat, and then came the waistcoat and

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Australian Open players and staff go into isolation after a hotel worker tests positive for Covid-19

A single case of Covid-19 at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne has forced organizers of the Australian Open to isolate 507 players, officials and support staff, just four days before the tennis championship is set to begin.



a group of people standing in front of a building: A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.


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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said late on Wednesday evening that a 26-year-old volunteer firefighter who had been working as a resident support officer as part of the tournament tested positive for the virus. Until then, the state had not seen local transmission of the virus

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Some Australian Open Players Isolating After Hotel Worker’s Positive COVID Test | Bleacher Report

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Australian Open tennis players who came in close contact with a hotel worker who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate until they test negative for the coronavirus as the year’s first Grand Slam tournament is scheduled to begin Monday at Melbourne Park.

John Pye of the Associated Press reported Wednesday it’s not immediately clear how many players are returning to quarantine—an initial 14-day isolation period was required upon arriving to Australia—but Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews doesn’t expect the situation to alter the major’s schedule.

“It may have an effect on tomorrow’s play in the lead-up event,”

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COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups

MELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off and 520 people who flew to Melbourne for the year’s first tennis major were ordered to isolate after a worker at one of the tournaments’ quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday. Any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne were deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and required to remain in their accommodation until they test negative.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate

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Australian Open preparation in turmoil after Covid-19 positive at players’ hotel

The Australian summer of tennis has been clouded with further uncertainty after up to 600 tennis players, officials and support staff were required to isolate until they return a negative test for Covid-19 following the news that a worker at an Australian Open quarantine hotel had tested positive for the virus.

Tennis Australia consequently announced that all matches scheduled for Thursday at the warm-up tournaments have been postponed until Friday.



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Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters

The infected person, a 26 year-old man, had been working at the Grand Hyatt Hotel during the players’ time there and his

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COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups | World

Williams was asked when was the last time she played a warmup tournament so close to a major.

Last year’s U.S. Open was her short answer. Then she elaborated.

“But before that, before this whole pandemic, I could count the times on one finger I’ve done that,” she said. “I’m just happy to be out here in any circumstances. It’s so cool after what the world went through the last 12 months.”

Williams had a tough win over Pironkova in last year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals, and then withdrew from their scheduled second-round match at the French Open because of an

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