Goodbye to Fans at the Australian Open
Throughout the morning, rumors swirled around the tournament grounds, with viewers being beaten to a shrine by half-baked watching matches, while scrolling through their news feeds and studying texts from friends and family members .
Andrews, after confirming the worst of the rumors, created a bottleneck in the corridors, with spectators calling for airlines to fly out of the stadium to fly back again. Two fans, Lauren Grundmann and Belinda Brown, waited until Williams closed their match to call Qantas Airways. Anticipating that the lockdown would slow the flight schedule in the coming days, they wanted to take their return trip to Sydney and leave in a few hours.
“We were too late,” Grundmann said. “All flights sold out half an hour earlier today.”
Grundmann and Brown considered themselves lucky to secure seats for the return on Saturday afternoon. He did not regret that he came. It was worth the inconvenience, he said, to see Williams inch closer to the record 24th Grand Slam singles title.
“Definitely,” Brown said. “Serena is amazing.”
Williams is a charismatic headliner, but the atmosphere lacked his usual fizz, said Grundmann, who regularly attends the Australian Open. The lines to get in, which are usually long, were nonexistent on Friday. There were no swades with national colors painted on his face. There is no Dutch figurative head in orange. Grundmann described the energy as “flat”.
Friday’s announcement, the tailor’s attendance was 22,299 a day to soak up the sun and world-class ground level. Many Melbourne people said in interviews and letters given to newspapers that they were carefully escalating this year’s event. Brown said she can’t blame them.
“If I was local, I would prefer a little, we don’t have to come and bring extra cases to people,” she said.
Julie Dunlap wakes up before the sun and calls her daughter. He held tickets for Friday’s day session but Dunlop was told by television reports that a lockdown – or “dreaded L-Word”, as he said – was imminent. Should they sunbathe before playing Holi in their homes? Or was prudent play to stay away?