In a statement on the official website of the tournament, the organizers of the Miami Open 2021 announced that the Hard Rock Stadium (central court of the tournament) will not host any matches. The decision was made to distribute people in the side fields, built around the Miami Dolphins stadium (team of National Football League), in order to reduce the circle of people and reduce any impact of COVID-19.
In the same press release it is emphasized that a decision regarding the presence of the crowd will be taken in the coming weeks, after consulting with the authorities, despite it seems there will not be public there for the event.
The last game played on this field remains, to date, the final won by Roger Federer against John Isner, in 2019, after the abandonment of the historic location of Crandon Park. We have to recall that the Indian Wells tournament was postponed and there isn't still a date to play.
Melbourne Park will host 30,000 people a day
The Australian season began with the performance A Day at the Drive.
In the event promoted by Tennis Australia, Novak Djokovic challenged Jannik Sinner for a set, while the first set was played by Filip Krajinovic, and Rafael Nadal played the entire match against Dominic Thiem. In addition to the matches, the performance in Adelaide managed to capture the attention of the media and fans thanks to the packed stands.
4000 spectators in fact supported their favorites live and tried to restore images of normality to the world of sport. Nadal, in particular, wanted to praise the work done by local government authorities during the critical phases of the pandemic.
He said: "It has been a very difficult year for everyone, even for us in Spain, where COVID-19 has hit us very hard. The last two weeks have been good, even though they are in quarantine, but it's the things we need to do, so a big thank you to Tennis Australia for making this possible.
It's great to play in Adelaide and in front of all these people. Australia is managing the pandemic well, it can be an example." Australia has opted for a very strict plan and has imposed a total lockdown on its citizens, constantly supporting them from an economic point of view.
One of the fundamental elements of this lockdown was the total closure of external borders, including between state and state. Being a federal state, Australia was also able to accurately check all arrivals. A management that up to this point has been more than successful.
Normality tests will also be done in Melbourne. The Australian Open will host around 30,000 spectators a day, covering almost 50% of the total capacity of the venue. Starting from the quarter-finals, the number of spectators will drop to 25 thousand to allow for an optimal distribution of people on the main courts.
"It won't be like in previous years, but it will be one of the most popular international sporting events in recent months," said Victoria's Minister of Sport Martin Pakula proudly at a press conference.