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The 2021 tennis season got off to a great start after the successful completion of the Australian Open 2021. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic emerged as the winner of the Grand Slam after defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the finals. The final scoreline of the match was 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Although the stadiums saw huge crowds in the early matches, ratings reveal that the Australian Open 2021 didn’t attract many viewers.

The recent ratings about the final are quite the same too and have also set a record that broadcasters will surely not like.

Even though it was a special time for Novak Djokovic because he won his 9th Australian Open title, it was certainly not a great time for broadcasters. The final attracted a metro audience of only 1.17 million, which is not a high number for a Grand Slam final.

These ratings were the lowest for a night-time Grand Slam final ever. In addition, they were also the lowest for a men’s final since 2003. This was quite shocking to the broadcasters, especially since Djoker was playing in the finale.

TV ratings for the Australian Open 2021 drop by 30%

It wasn’t just the finals that didn’t attract viewers, but the Grand Slam on the whole failed to grab attention. The official broadcaster Nine TV claimed that there was a 30% drop in ratings as compared to the Australian Open 2020 that took place in January last year.

The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The women’s final too attracted just 851,000 metro spectators, which is about 4.5% less than last year. Analysts highlighted that apart from the coronavirus pandemic. the absence of Roger Federer might have been another reason for low ratings. Also, Australian players like Nick Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur didn’t go far ahead in the tournament.

This is definitely a big setback for broadcasters, and they will want to analyze all possible scenarios and plan ways to shoot up their ratings at the Grand Slam next year.

Also Read: Novak Djokovic Goes Past Roger Federer in Another Grand Slam Landmark After Australian Open 2021 Glory






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A New York lawmaker labeled as “criminal” the actions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in deciding to scrub the higher, more accurate tally of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus from a state Health Department report last July.

“This is criminal,” tweeted Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who chairs the Aging committee that oversees nursing homes.

“The Gov’s top advisors pushed state health officials to strip a public report of the data showing more nursing home deaths. The changes Cuomo’s aides made to the report reveal that they had the fuller accounting of NH deaths as early as the summer of 2020.”

Kim, whose uncle died of suspected COVID-19 in a nursing home, had previously accused Cuomo’s team of “obstruction of justice” and called for his impeachment.

“It’s criminal what they did and thousands died as a result of their intentional and reckless abuse of power,” Kim told The Post Friday.

Kim also said the earlier cover-up of the accurate count of nursing home deaths clashes with what Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told him and other lawmakers at a Feb. 10 virtual meeting. As reported exclusively by The Post, DeRosa claimed team Cuomo withheld nursing home data from lawmakers because of a federal probe by the Trump-led Justice Department.

Draft reports from the Health Department also included nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 at hospitals.SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A federal prosecutor-turned lawmaker was also outraged by the cover-up.

“Let’s be clear: if any State employee knowingly whitewashed an official report to cover up the deaths of New Yorkers, that is unacceptable and unethical, at best. We need to get answers now, and this whole thing reeks,” tweeted Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Nassau).

The July report, which largely defended a controversial and since-rescinded administration policy of requiring nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients discharged from the hospitals, had said 6,432 nursing-home residents died from the virus.

But that figure only listed those who died from the virus at nursing homes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reportedly decided to scrub a higher, more accurate tally of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus from a state Health Department report.AP

Draft reports from the Health Department also included nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 at hospitals, a tally of more than 9,000. But top aides to Cuomo serving on his coronavirus task force stripped the more complete count from the final report, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Updated data reveal that more than 15,000 nursing home and other long-term care residents died from COVID-19.

“Sadly Cuomo has boxed himself into a corner with little room but to resign,” said Vivian Zayas, founder of VoicesForSeniors, whose mom, Ana Martinez, died from COVID-19 at a Long Island nursing home.

Cuomo’s administration initially said 6,432 nursing-home deaths ocurred.Newsday via Getty Images

In a statement released Thursday night, Cuomo’s offense defended altering the report and removing the higher nursing home resident death count.

“The out-of-facility data was omitted after DOH could not confirm it had been adequately verified,” Beth Garvey, special counsel to Cuomo, said in a statement.

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