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ATP moving to significantly loosen "bubble" restrictions
The ATP first began experimenting with loosening bubble restrictions at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where Daniil Medvedev tested positive for COVID-19.
Published May 08, 2021
The ATP Tour is moving to significantly loosen "bubble" restrictions for players starting in Geneva and Lyon.
According to Tennis Majors, players have been told that starting at those events—which are in a little more than a week—they can stay at other hotels, go to restaurants and some other off-site locations, travel on public transit and share accommodation. Players will still not be allowed to attend large public gatherings or go to bars and nightclubs.
Previously, players were allowed to go only between the event site and the hotel, though the tour had moved to allow players to use their own homes starting a month ago in Monte Carlo.
The WTA Tour has not altered its requirements.
There will also be changes to testing, according to the website. The ATP will switch from PCR testing every four days to rapid testing every two days.
Plus, fully vaccinated players would be exempt from the requirements for testing, provided they meet specific criteria.
All the changes are subject to approval from local authorities.