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Tennis stars enter Australia ahead of stranded citizens






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Australians are angry because dozens of tennis stars are allowed to enter the country for the Australian Open tennis tournament. There are around 37,000 Australians stranded around the world waiting to return home. Many are frustrated at why they cannot return, while sports stars can enter. The stars must have negative tests for coronavirus and stay in special COVID-safe hotels. Some stars tested positive, so they could not come.

The stars' special treatment has been criticised. There is anger because Australia cut the number of citizens allowed to return. One Aussie said she couldn't understand why Australia halved the limit for citizens and the following week announced they'd found 1,200 spaces for tennis players. A Twitter user said letting in tennis players was risky. He said it hurt that the government is taking this risk for sport but not for stranded Australians.

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