The Australian tennis federation, organizer among other things of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, has lost more than 100 million Australian dollars (about 70.8 million dollars or 62.2 million euros) due to the impact that Covid had in the tournament last year, in the 2020-2021 season.
According to the ocean federation's annual report, the losses are due to many particular reasons, including the high cost of quarantines for tennis players, strict security measures, and restrictions on stadium audiences.
Tennis Australia, the official name of this organization, released the report and the reasons for these huge and heavy losses: “This result is in line with expectations and reflects the challenges in the business environment that we had to face during the Coronavirus Pandemic."
Last year, to curb losses, the federation changed the fiscal period from June to September so that organizers could include the A $ 24 million lost in that period. Tennis Australia will hold the next Australian Open in January and also because of these losses, as well as obviously the safety of the people, added that it has adapted to Covid and for the Australian tournament it will require vaccination against Covid not only the public and the employees but also all the tennis players on the circuit.
This provision has caused several controversies on the circuit and the presence of important tennis players in the tournament appears in the balance, above all that of the world number one, Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion has not yet clarified and does not want to clarify for privacy if he has been vaccinated and if he will consequently be present at the Australian tournament.
Carlos Alcaraz's rise on the ATP Tour this year has initiated comparisons not only with Rafael Nadal, but with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as well.
Carlos Alcaraz comments on Rafa Nadal
18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz has been one of the most improved players of the 2021 season and the Spaniard has sparked comparisons to his idol and compatriot Rafael Nadal.
"I met Rafael Nadal for the first time at an award ceremony on the Rafa Nadal Tour (junior tennis circuit)," Alcaraz said. "At that time I hardly dared to exchange a word with him. However, during our first real conversation I noticed what a great guy he is."
Alcaraz added that after interacting with Rafael Nadal, he has realized that his idol is a great person, and what defines him is his humility and approachability. "If you didn't know who Rafa is and what he has achieved, you could mistake him for a perfectly normal guy. This is what defines him: so approachable, humble and happy," he said.