Top tennis stars, including Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka, were out soaking in the sunshine and getting their first feel of freedom after completing an unforgiving two weeks of quarantine ahead of the Australian Open.
All the top players, including the top-three in the men’s and women’s fields, are part of a contingent of 50 players who have been isolating in the South Australian city of Adelaide.
Novak Djokovic spotted stretching out his limbs in a park
The 33-year-old Serb, who will launch his title defense at the Australian Open this year, was spotted out and about in a park, filling his lungs with fresh morning air and stretching limbs in the outdoors after 14 days of confinement.
He was soon joined by a media crew and was happy to pose for pictures.
Serena, who will resume her quest for a record 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this year, marked the end of quarantine with a day-out with daughter Alexis Olympia.
Serena papped taking her daughter out to a zoo
The 39-year-old American Serena, who played an exhibition match with Osaka earlier in the day, was papped taking her daughter out to a zoo.
The Japanese star Osaka, clad in casual wear, was also pictured getting a feel of the outdoors after the match on Thursday. The reigning US Open champion was tailed by a media crew and fans pleading for autographs.
2018 Australian Open finalist Simona Halep also took a tour of Adelaide
Current World Number 2 and the losing finalist at the 2018 Australian Open, Simona Halep, was also snapped getting into a car for a tour of the idyllic South Australian city.
Those quarantining in Adelaide were subjected to the same quarantine rules as the ones isolating in Melbourne, the host city for the Australian Open.
The rules required the stars to confine themselves to their hotel rooms, with the exception of 5 hours of practice every day. They weren’t allowed to step outdoors during the two weeks of quarantine.
Djokovic will be eyeing an unprecedented ninth title at Melbourne Park this year, which will tie him with the legendary Martina Navratilova for the most number of Grand Slam titles in a single event.
Navratilova won 9 of her 18 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon.
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