World tennis officials have revealed that the Australian Open could be postponed 1-2 weeks after negotiations over hosting the tournament in Melbourne (Australia).
Tennis fans look forward to a duel between Djokovic and Nadal at the 2021 Australian Open. It is also the city that recently raged a COVID-19 outbreak after months of the blockade.
Tennis fans look forward to a match between Djokovic and Nadal
World tennis officials have revealed that the Australian Open could be postponed 1-2 weeks after negotiations over hosting the tournament in Melbourne (Australia). It was also the same city that had a recent outbreak of COVID-19 after several months of the blockade.
The Victorian government’s Sports Minister, Martin Pakula, said it is likely that a week or two will be postponed for the first Grand Slam of the year (scheduled to kick off on January 18, 2021). Very complex negotiations are still underway, but Martin Pakula hopes the Australian Open is still underway in early 2021.
Over the past eight months, Australia has largely closed itself off from the rest of the world. There is a comprehensive ban on stateless people entering the country. With that, the entire population received a strong recommendation from the government not to travel abroad.
Players are not allowed to come to Australia before January 2021
Australian Open director Craig Tiley initially wanted athletes to land in Australia from mid-December. So, they could go through the mandatory quarantine 14 days before playing traditional events that kick off the Grand Slam.
However, the above plan was not allowed by the Victorian leader, Dan Andrews. So, the tournament does allow players from all over the world to come to Australia before January 2021. This will also affect events like the pre-ATP Cup and other international tournaments that cannot take place before the Australian Open opens.
The issue that remains to be debated is whether players can practice or play during isolation. Meanwhile, Andy Murray, the Grand Slam champion, urged all players to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it is in circulation.
Along with Murray’s statement, Spain legend 20 times crowned Grand Slam – Rafael Nadal said this was an unprecedented situation, and called for patience from colleagues.