American John Isner, the 25th player in the world, announced on Monday that he would not compete in the Australian Open due to Covid-19 restrictions in the first Grand Slam of the season.
“At this point in my career and in my life, I have always had the opportunity to be able to travel with my family. And, it won’t be the case to go to Melbourne this year, ”Isner said after his loss to compatriot Sebastian Korda in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open tournament in Florida.
The organizers of the Australian Open have imposed a strict 14-day quarantine period to be observed for players from overseas who wish to participate in the tournament from February 8.
“What I understand. But it was really just a situation where I didn’t want to be away from my family for so long. So I decided to stay at home, ”said Isner, 35 and father of two, for whom this decision“ was not easy to take ”.