Mice make the event in the Australian Open
Mice make the event in the Australian Open

Mice made the event, before the start of the 2021 Australian Open tennis tournament, after a player complained about its spread in her room, before the police minister responded.

More than 70 players and their training staff are being held in their hotel rooms for 14 days and are unable to train for the tournament that will be held from 8 to 21 February, after positive cases of the new Corona virus were discovered among the passengers of 3 charter flights that took them to Australia .

"In fact, there are a lot of these mice! Not just one mouse in my room now," Kazakh Yulia Putintseva wrote through her account on the social networking site "Twitter", commenting on a video she posted of a mouse jumping behind the wardrobe.

The world number 28 changed her room earlier this week after complaining about mice, but later said she found more of them in her new room.

Putintseva believes that the new room has more mice than her previous room. "A different room, but the same story, I want to sleep, but I can't," she said.

She said that the hotel officials told her that it was completely full and they could not help her. "It's a joke," she said.

But cleaning the rooms from rodents was not the only requirement for some of the stars held in the hotel, in preparation for the tournament, as some also demanded good ventilation and a special system for training.

Putintseva herself complained that she could not open the windows of her room and carried a sign that read: "We need fresh air to breathe."

A number of players complained about the harsh conditions, prompting sharp criticism from Australians, but tournament director Craig Tiley said that "the majority" of the players support the harsh measures.

Tennis coach Danielle Valverdo demanded that players who have been isolated in their hotel rooms for 14 days, before the start of the tournament, receive preferential treatment from the organizers, such as choosing training dates and holding their matches at cooler times throughout the day.