Aus Open Covid-19 hotel outbreak and other stories

Nearly 600 tennis players and support staff are to be quarantined in Melbourne after a hotel worker tested positive for Covid-19 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel.

“Melbourne Stadiums” by Greenstone Girl is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Tomorrow’s six warm-up events are likely to be affected but officials say that schedule won’t be drastically changed.  

Victoria’s Premier, Daniel Andrews, called a late-night press conference where he urged anyone in Melbourne with symptoms should isolate and get tested.  

Only players that stayed at the Grand Hyatt who came into casual contact with the positive tested worker have to isolate until their test returns negative.  

Fall out over a towel  

Nick Kyrgios takes a win despite stopping to criticise the Umpire at the Murray River Open.

“Nick Kyrgios” by mirsasha is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  

While other players quarantined at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Australia’s own, Nick Kyrigios’ game against Harry Bourchier went ahead in Melbourne today.

In between points, Kyrgios passed the 25 second service limit because he had to fetch his own towel due to the new Coronavirus restrictions.

He then refused to continue until he was ensured he wouldn’t be penalised for time violation. 

Kyrgios returned to the field and wrapped up the match with a 6-2,7-6(7) victory. 

Britain’s No. 1 and the Davis cup Champion Dan-Evans will play American Marcos Giron tomorrow.

£100,000 ‘Thank you’ from Spurs

The North London football club has donated £100,000 to North Middlesex Hospital after members of the team were caught at illegal gatherings.

Outside of the Spurs Shop in Tottenham. Photo Source: Alan Stanton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The club has sent the money to North Middlesex hospital in Edmonton as a ‘Thank you,’ and it will fund gift vouchers to staff who have been working throughout the pandemic.

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We look forward to working with North Mid on this fantastic initiative.”

The relationship between the hospital and the club continues to strengthen after the stadium’s dressing rooms were used at as North Mid’s Women’s Outpatient Services during the first lockdown.

North Middlesex University Hospital Trust chief executive Maria Kane said: “I should like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you.”

English Netball at home

English Netball have renewed a multi-year broadcasting and streaming deal with Sky.

Netball players and ball , view from the post Photo Source: Wikicommons

The expanded deal with Sky will ensure that all matches in the Vitality Netball Superleague 2021 will be available to watch on Sky Sports channels, with the option to watch across Youtube.

Starting on the 12th of February, the broadcast will cover the league across two venues.

Silencing of Tampa Bay’s pirate ship cannon

Tampa Bay’s pirate ship cannon fire will be silenced for the majority of the games.

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While this is the fifth time that Tampa Bay has hosted the Super Bowl, this is the first time competing teams will be playing on home ground.

In order to avoid any bias, the NFL has requested a ‘neutral site game.’

The cannon fire that normally exudes from the ship to commemorate Bucs scores will remain silent during the game.

The firing of the canons from a giant pirate ship within the stadium will be reserved only for the Buc’s introduction during this game and if they win.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ responded saying they “understand the NFL’s position” and that they “look forward to showcasing parts of our tradition while working within the league’s guidelines”.

The Super Bowl LV: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start around 11:30pm in UK time, running until around 3am.

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