Tennis Stars Play to Packed Stands in COVID-Free Adelaide, South Australia

Tennis stars played for a packed house in Adelaide, South Australia, where community transmission of COVID-19 has been cut to zero, on January 29, with 4,000 fans filling a tennis club to watch exhibition singles matches ahead of the Australian Open.

The Adelaide exhibition saw tennis champions warming up before the Australian Open, scheduled to take place February 8 to 21 at Melbourne Park.

According to local media, it was the first time many of the athletes had played in public since the coronavirus pandemic started.

Footage shared by Melinda Cousins shows fans in the crowded venue applauding Simona Halep’s score against Ashleigh Barty during a rally before Halep’s ultimate win.

Friday marked the 12th consecutive day of zero cases of community COVID-19 transmission in Australia, according to the Department of Health. Currently, it is not mandatory to wear a mask in Adelaide. Credit: Melinda Cousins via Storyful