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Game, set and mask: fans trickle in on first day of Australian Open

Crowd capacity for this year’s event in Melbourne has been capped at 30,000 per day

Melanie Burton

Tennis fans wearing masks filtered into Melbourne Park on Monday for the start of the Australian Open, this year’s first Grand Slam event, as the host city recorded one new locally transmitted case of the novel coronavirus.

Players and staff arriving from overseas have all served 14 days of quarantine, but foreign fans have been kept out as part of Australia’s tough and effective measures to get to grips with the coronavirus.

The tournament will welcome about half its usual capacity, with crowds limited to 30,000 fans a day at its sprawling site divided into three distinct zones around the main showcourts named after Australian tennis greats Margaret Court and Rod Laver, and former state leader John Cain...

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