Tennis couple Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils will not be permitted to see each other during the two-week quarantine prior to the Australian Open.
Svitolina, the world number 5, and Monfils, 11, have been an item for a number of years now – and are undoubtedly the highest profile couple both still playing the game.
But stringent COVID protocols in Melbourne mean they will be unable to see each other for the duration of their 14-day isolation.
“We are allowed to be outside our hotel rooms for no more than 5 hours: 2 hours of tennis, 2 hours of getting fit and 1 hour for eating,” the Ukrainian said.
“We received a letter saying we may not see each other during this period in order not to increase the social circle.”
Monfils and Svitolina can’t meet until after Australian Open quarantine
Under plans, players will be allowed to practice with one other player during the first week of quarantine. (Tennishead)
In the second week, two pairs will be permitted to join up – making groups of no more than four players.
But, for couples like Monfils and Svitolina, who play on different tours, there will be no opportunity to meet up until early February.
They’ll both just be hoping they can get past the quarter-finals for the first time in Melbourne, once the action does finally get underway.