Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley believes Serena Williams will be given a warm welcome back to the Australian Open next year. Tiley told the 3AW radio station at the launch for the 2019 tournament, “We hope the Australian fans – they’re very sophisticated fans – we hope they have a great approach to welcoming this great champion.” “This is a new start.
She’s going to come in as the player who is trying to break the all-time grand slam record. I think the Australian fans will appreciate the success she’s had as an athlete.” There are certain changes that are being introduced in Melbourne next year which also include on-ground coaching during the qualifying and junior matches.
Tiley said: “Coaching is an issue we’ve all spoken a lot about over the past couple of months, which is good. As a sport, tennis needs to decide the best way forward. We’ll continue the on-court coaching trial during qualifying – for both men and women – as we progress discussions with the many stakeholders involved.
The sport needs to have a consistent approach to all issues around coaching.” He also spoke about the extreme heat policy. Tiley said, “The Extreme Heat Policy has also been reviewed and will change to a Heat Stress Index, and we’ll have more information to share later in the year.” “I can say we’ve spent many months conducting some very intense research under the supervision of our medical team, and will bring into play the latest research from within Australia and around the world.” ALSO READ Maria Sharapova describes the best part of her life