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Top three men, women to quarantine in Adelaide ahead of Australian Open

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VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF NOVAK DJOKOVIC, RAFAEL NADAL, DOMINIC THIEM, ASHLEIGH BARTY AND SIMONA HALEP, RECENT FOOTAGE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN TROPHIES, FILE FOOTAGE OF MELBOURNE

SHOWS:

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (FEBRUARY 3, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. WINNER OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN'S TENNIS FINAL, NOVAK DJOKOVIC WALKING WITH TROPHY / BEING HUGGED BY AN UNIDENTIFIED FAN

2. VARIOUS OF DJOKOVIC POSING AND KISSING TROPHY

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

3. VARIOUS OF DJOKOVIC TRAINING AHEAD OF THE 2019 ATP FINALS

MANACOR, MALLORCA, SPAIN (FILE - JULY 20, 2020) (RAFA NADAL ACADEMY BY MOVISTAR - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "RAFAEL NADAL ACADEMY BY MOVISTAR")

4. RAFAEL NADAL ON COURT AT HIS ACADEMY WITH HIS COACH, CARLOS MOYA

5. VARIOUS OF NADAL TRAINING

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

6. NADAL DOING UP SHOES AHEAD OF A PRACTICE SESSION AT THE ATP FINALS

7. VARIOUS OF NADAL TRAINING

8. DOMINIC THIEM TRAINING

9. THIEM'S FEET

10. VARIOUS OF THIEM HITTING BALL

PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JUNE 9, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

11. VARIOUS OF WORLD NUMBER ONE ASHLEIGH BARTY POSING WITH FRENCH OPEN TROPHY IN FRONT OF MEDIA

PERTH, AUSTRALIA (FILE - NOVEMBER 8, 2019) (ITF - ACCESS ALL)

12. BARTY AT PRACTICE

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (FILE - JULY 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

13. WIMBLEDON WOMEN SINGLES CHAMPION, SIMONA HALEP, WALKING TOWARDS AIRPORT BUILDING WITH TROPHY

14. ROMANIAN FLAGS

15. SIGN, READING (Romanian): "WE THANK YOU SIMONA!"

16. HALEP POSING FOR PICTURES WITH WIMBLEDON TROPHY

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

17. SIMONA HALEP TRAINING

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (DECEMBER 19, 2020) (NETWORK TEN - Broadcasters: NO USE AUSTRALIA Digital: NO USE AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU)

18. AUSTRALIAN OPEN TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR CRAIG TILEY STANDING ON TENNIS COURT BEHIND MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SINGLES TROPHIES

19. AUSTRALIAN OPEN MENS AND WOMENS SINGLES TROPHIES

20. TILEY SPEAKING (NOT A SOUNDBITE)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (FILE - MARCH 11, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

21. MELBOURNE SKYLINE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (FILE - AUGUST 12, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

22. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING DOWN PATH WITH MELBOURNE SKYLINE IN BACKGROUND

23. PERSON SWIMMING IN OCEAN

24. PEOPLE WALKING AND PUSHING PRAM NEAR CLOSED KIOSK

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (FILE - 2020) (AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION - Broadcasters: NO USE AUSTRALIA Digital: NO USE AUSTRALIA .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU)

25. TRAM PASSING IN FRONT OF FLINDERS STREET STATION

26. ENTRANCE TO FLINDERS STREET STATION

27. EXTERIOR OF MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND

28. SIGN ON MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND READING 'PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE & KEEP 1.5M APART'

29. CLOSED SHOP FRONTS

30. NEARLY EMPTY HIGHWAY

STORY: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be among top men and women players heading to Adelaide to serve their 14-day mandatory quarantine before travelling to Melbourne for next month's Australian Open, organisers have said.

Hundreds of players and entourages will arrive in Australia from Jan. 15 and undergo a mandatory, 14-day quarantine as part of COVID-19 health protocols before the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Tennis Australia Chief Executive Craig Tiley said the organisers needed a second city to ensure they did not exceed the limit set by the authorities for people quarantining in Melbourne.

Adelaide will now host the top three men and women players, including Ash Barty and Simona Halep, who will also play an exhibition event before heading to Melbourne for warmup events to be played at the Australian Open venue from Jan. 31.

The players will be allowed five hours outside their hotel rooms per day to train during the 14-day quarantine and Tiley confirmed that health regulations would be the same in Adelaide.

South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said the exhibition event was a "massive win" for the state.

Tiley said he expected Melbourne Park, which saw about 800,000 people attend the Grand Slam last year, to have 50% to 75% of its normal capacity of fans in February.

Rod Laver will, however, not be one of them this year at Melbourne Park, which has its main showcourt named after the Australian great.

(Production: Tim Hart)

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