Seeing a maskless crowd has become a dream for people. Since the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the world, there are masks everywhere. It is the only way to ensure safety from the virus. But a rare scene was seen in Australia on Friday ahead of the grand opening of the Australian Open. The crowd came for the exhibition matches and it was a maskless crowd.
Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka emerged from their 14-day quarantine to take part in the exhibition matches and were delighted to see the audience. It has been a long time since anyone has seen people without masks. So this was a splendid change. The former world no. 1 Andy Roddick said that seeing the crowd made his heart warm.
The no masks scene is an example of Australia’s victory over the virus. It has been 12 days without a local infection in any of its states or territories, said Health Minister Greg Hunt. The health minister also said that the progress against the virus is a testament. It is because of the efforts on everyone’s part including the citizens and the health professionals that the pandemic is in control.
Australia’s strict rules have baffled many but it was necessary and it got results. While many players are frustrated with the 14-day quarantine after reaching Australia, others have adjusted to it. Rafale Nadal has asked his fellow players to be patient and has a wider perspective regarding the situation.
The Australian Open will start on February 8 in Melbourne and run for two weeks. However, the exhibition matches saw Novak Djokovic and Williams in tough fought matches.