The start of the Australian Open will be delayed from January to February or March next year due to the COVID-19 protocols in the country, according to the newspaper Herald Sun.
“Am very sure we will have an Australian Open early next year, “Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said, according to the report.
“The exact moment, the exact fixes we implemented are still not resolved and as soon as they are resolved, I will be more than happy to share it with you, “he completed.
Tennis Australia (TA) had planned that the players and their companions arrive in Victoria in mid-December to have time to undertake a mandatory two-week quarantine period before competing in Melbourne in January, but the state government has said it will prevent the players from arriving in Melbourne until early January. After two weeks of quarantine, this would give players just three days to prepare for the tournament before the scheduled start date of January 18. A decision on the dates of the final tournament is expected next week.
The Australian Open youth events have already been postponed due to travel restrictions, but the organizers plan to hold a replacement tournament sometime in 2021. “Australia has had relatively few cases of COVID-19 … and this has been achieved through strict biosecurity measures including limit travelers to Australia and a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals“reads a letter written by tournament directors Craig Tiley and Francis Soyer.” These limits, coupled with increased biosecurity requirements, have unfortunately made it extremely difficult for us to host a youth event at the 2021 Australian Open “.