Kazakhstan tennis star Yulia Putintseva has whinged relentlessly about mice scampering throughout her hotel room, but the world No.28 could be bringing the trouble upon herself.
That’s the view of Victoria’s emergency services minister Lisa Neville, who’s indicated the Australian Open competitor could be feeding the mice.
Putintseva, one of 72 competitors trapped in a 14-day hotel quarantine after the arrival of three coronavirus-infected flights sent for the grand slam, switched rooms after sighting mice scurrying about.
However, the 26-year-old was then greeted by more pesky rodents in her new room.
Ms Neville didn’t identify the subject of her rant, but it’s believed she was taking aim at Putintseva.
“As I understand there may have been some feeding going on,” Ms Neville said.
“Firstly, we moved the particular tennis player the other day.
“We’ve had the hotel pest control this week and I think there may have been some feeding going on with the mice.”
Putintseva’s complaints of mice are only a cheese bite of the apparent problems taunting the Australian Open players and partners in lockdown.
The three-time grand slam quarterfinalist has also grumbled about a lack of fresh air, taking exception to the fact windows can’t be opened.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut has likened the quarantine to prison with WiFi, while countryman Pablo Carreno Busta and Italian Fabio Fognini have slammed the quality of food.
Extraordinarily, even the partner of Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic – Vanessa Sierra – has complained about the food and the fact she has to wash her own hair, something she’d “never done”.
Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley last night hosted a video conference with 500 players and said he had been hit with a mix of comments.
“We had 500 players last night on a group chat where anyone could ask questions, make complaints,” Tiley said.
“We stood as a team and we took them – and there were some big hits that we took. But there were also some compliments and a scroll of ‘thank yous’.”
Amid the barrage of whinging, some can smell a rat.
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