According to a recent Australian Open announcement, the Grand Slam will host a beach bar club in the upcoming 2023 edition. Here is Australian Open's announcement: "Beach Bar will be the place to be in 2023.
- Private cabanas
- Palm trees
- Double-storey bar
- DJ booth towering over Melbourne Park."
You will find the Beach Bar in the northern part of the complex.
"The Beach Bar will see the northern side of Melbourne Park transformed into a vibrant beach club," Australian Open added.
Russian and Belarussian players will likely participate
Craig Tiley, the tournament director of the Australian Open, has announced that Russian and Belarussian players will most likely be allowed to compete at Melbourne Park in January.
Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarussian players this year. The French Open and US Open, on the other hand, refused to take such a harsh stance against Russian and Belarussian players. The Australian Open appears to be following in the footsteps of the French and US Opens.
Russian and Belarussian players will be able to compete in Melbourne, but not under their respective countries' names or flags. “At this point, Russian and Belarusian players will be eligible to play in the Australian Open.
The only difference will be that they cannot represent Russia – they cannot represent the flag of Russia. They cannot participate in any activity such as the anthem of Russia and they have to play as independent players under a neutral name.
But they will be welcome to the Australian Open in January," Tiley said.
Tiley on Djokovic's AO ban
Djokovic was deported from Australia earlier this year and was also barred from returning for three years. “The matter with Novak is direct between himself and the federal government.
They need to work out the situation and then we’ll follow any instruction after that. It’s not a matter we can lobby on. It’s a matter that definitely stays between the two of them and then depending on the outcome of that we would welcome him to the Australian Open," Tiley said of Djokovic's participation at Melbourne Park.