Next year’s season-opening hard-court Grand Slam was initially scheduled to take place from January 18 to 31, But Australia’s coronavirus quarantine restrictions have left tennis officials and government authorities at odds.
Currently, players should be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in Australia, while the state of Victoria will not allow them to enter before January 1.
As the government of Victoria, Melbourne, stands firm in the 14-day quarantine period, the Sydney morning herald reports that “players have been informed that The Australian Open will likely start on February 1, pending government approval from Victoria to travel to Melbourne in the first week of January ”.
The report adds that “players must arrive no later than January 7, before completing a 14-day quarantine period. “
If the majority of the players arrived on January 1 it would pave the way for tennis authorities to enter the prep tournaments in the two-week period after they have been quarantined and before the Australian Open begins.
Both the ATP tour and the WTA have yet to confirm which preliminary tournaments will take place. next year.