Australian Open at risk and more: all Australian tournaments that will be played in January 2021 are at risk, due to some choices that could prove right or wrong in the future. By sending out a business of almost 200 million euros.
The Australian tournament that actually opens the tennis season with the first Grand Slam event could start late or not start at all next season. In the last hours from Australia the first doubts arrive about the possibility that we can leave again regularly, because the COVID-19 situation in the world shows no sign of improving.
ATP in a note sent to the players that Slovakian Lukas Lacko posted on his twitter profile, warned that in the last 24 hours some new difficulties have emerged with respect to the expected arrival dates for the tennis players and their staff members.
Tennis Australia involves creating bubbles in which tennis players can move from hotels to training grounds or Melbourne Park and back. The athletes were originally supposed to arrive in Australia in early December, in order to have time to complete the required 14 days of solitary confinement before the tournaments begin.
Australia has handled the pandemic well, with less than 28,000 total cases and just over 900 casualties. But on November 17, around 4,000 people were placed in solitary confinement after the discovery of 20 infections in Adelaide, all connected to a hotel in the city.
The premier of the state of South Australia has imposed a tough lockdown even if limited to six days. Premier Daniel Andrews of the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is a part, has ruled that passengers on domestic flights from South Australia undergo a rapid test.
In fact, there are no new cases or deaths related to Covid for almost twenty days in the state.
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According to tennis Channel, authorities have banned athletes from arriving until the end of December 2020.
The original plan was to have more than 500 players arrive in the state of Victoria in mid-December, where tournaments are scheduled in Sydney, Brisbane. , Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Canberra, before the Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne from 18 to 31 January.
Players should quarantine and train there before the season starts. The quarantine is expected to last 14 days, according to the rules in force in Australia, but any delay could jeopardize the entire organization, while the first tournaments should start in early January.
Regarding the matter Alexander Zverev said: "It's not an option to get there, not train for 14 days and then play the Australian Open: it would be a lottery. We'd better throw a coin to see who wins." politics of what we see.
After the Australian Open there is European swing. Let's see if we can play before the Australian Open, but above all we hope that we can play, because it is one of my favorite slams. " Meanwhile the Australian tennis federation has made a historic proposal to extend the summer beyond the Australian Open and keep tennis players in the country until mid-February.
According to the Australian newspaper Herald Sun, all January tournaments in the ocean country will be concentrated in the state of Victoria, in the bubble that the federation will set up in Melbourne and its surroundings.
These are the ATP Cup, scheduled from 1 to 10 January in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, the Adelaide International (11-17) and the Australian Open (18-31). WTA Premier Brisbane and Hobart International will also move to this area.
The idea came as Sydney looks set to not be able to host any tennis tournaments due to the restrictions that the government will adopt. Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia told the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age: “I think we are the safest sporting nation in the world right now.
The only internationals to arrive in the next five months will be cricketers, tennis players and F1 drivers. We are planning a summer of five, potentially six weeks. I think it will be great for our sport here in Australia, great for our global position, it's a great opportunity."
The situation is therefore still shrouded in a dense fog of decision-making and political controversies, from which tennis Australia will have to extricate itself to ensure that the show much go on, but to date there are more doubts than certainties.