The Australian tennis federation, organizer of the Australian Open, lost more than 100 million Australian dollars (about 70.8 million dollars or 62.2 million euros) due to the impact of covid-19 in fiscal year 2020- 2021.
According to the federation's annual report, the losses were mainly due to the cost of player quarantines, security measures and crowd restrictions in stadiums due to the pandemic at the Open held between January and February and other tournaments.
"This result is in line with expectations and reflects the challenges in the business environment during the covid-19 pandemic," says Tennis Australia, the federation's official name, in the report. The federation last year changed the start of the fiscal period from June to September.
For this reason, the losses include A $ 24.8 million for the period between June and September 2020 and a further A $ 75.1 million for the following twelve months to September 2021. In fiscal year 2019-2020, the federation made a profit of A $ 4.2 million (about $ 2.9 million or € 2.6 million), compared to a profit of A $ 10.6 million.
(about 7.5 million dollars or 6.6 million euros) in 2018-2019. Tennis Australia, which will hold the next Open in January, added that it has adapted to covid-19 in the organization of tournaments. Due to the measures that govern the country, the Open, which will take place in the city of Melbourne, will obligatorily require the vaccine against covid-19 to the public, workers and players.
Rafael Nadal was recently bestowed the Popular Award of Honor by Cadena COPE and during his interaction with the media, he spoke about his eventual return to action and the Spanish team's performance at the Davis Cup.
Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi
Regarding his comeback, Rafael Nadal stated he can't say much unless he's completely sure. While he still plans on competing in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship -- an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi -- his progress is being monitored weekly.
"Until things are 100% sure, I can't say much, in the end I don't know either. As I mentioned some weeks ago, my idea is to be in Abu Dhabi and play there on the 17th & 18th, and that's still my plan. However things are being analyzed week by week, as always, keeping in my mind that I want to return as early as possible, but above all I want to return being in good shape."
Defending champions Spain were a little unlucky not to advance further in the Davis Cup, according to Nadal. "A pity, after having won 3-0 & lost 1-2, which was something we could aim at at the beginning [of the competition].
We were much closer once Feli played such an amazing match, but chances went away. We were a bit unlucky, as with those scores there were many options to advance, but numbers weren't by our side. It was really a pity, but the truth is that the situation was really difficult."