World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is hoping that the Australian Open organizers will get the green light to host their Grand Slam event at Melbourne Park in January. Previously, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley claimed the Australian Open would take place in January.
Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, has been in regular contact with Tiley. "There is now no risk of the Australian Open going ahead without everyone in Victoria and we didn’t have that guarantee previously," Tiley told News Corp, as quoted on Metro UK.
But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews cast doubt on the Australian Open. "The notion this is all tied up with a bow, it’s a done deal, that’s simply wrong," Andrews said. "The public health team needs to sign off on all of these arrangements and they are just not settled.
"We want the event to happen, just like the Boxing Day Test, but the thing about the cricket compared to the tennis is it’s a tiny group of people [who] we think we can quarantine. It’s a massive event. It’s an event that all of us love … but it comes at a time when the rest of the world is on fire.
"The notion this is all a done deal and there’s going to be all these tennis players turning up – no, this is not settled at all. It’s an important event, absolutely, but avoiding a third wave is arguably even more important.
This needs to be done on the best of public health advice."
Djokovic doesn't want to see the Australian Open canceled
Earlier this year, Djokovic recovered from two sets to one down in the Australian Open final to beat world No.
3 Dominic Thiem and claim a record eighth title at Melbourne Park. "I hope that it will happen. I want to play in Australia, Australian Open. I’m not sure about the ATP Cup and the tournaments before, because obviously you have to leave quite in advance, actually, I think two-and-a-half or three weeks prior to the first match," Djokovic said.
"So let’s see how that goes. But I’m just hoping for the sake of tennis and sake of players that we will have Australian Open and also possibility of ATP Cup and couple more tournaments at least." Djokovic is still hoping to claim the all-time Grand Slam record and he is always the top favorite at Melbourne Park.