Tennis players forced into 14 days of coronavirus quarantine ahead of the Australian Open made some bizarre requests to get through their ordeal, including asking for kittens and puppies in their rooms.
Tournament chief Craig Tiley spent months organising bringing more than 1,000 players and support staff safely into the country and revealed that some oddball requests had added to the complicated logistics, without naming the players who made them.
“The most bizarre request was for a kitten in the lockdown room, and that wasn’t once, that was several times,” Tiley told broadcaster ABC.
“But then we explained that actually there is a correlation between the coronavirus and kittens and that kind of request went away.
“Puppies. There had been some (requests) for dogs — and someone was joking about getting animals indigenous to Australia in there as well.“There were a few times I wouldn’t mind putting a boxing kangaroo in there,” Tiley joked. (Guardian)