Given the doubts that have recently appeared about the celebration of the tournament, the Australian Open wanted to send a message of calm this Tuesday through a statement in which they leave the door open for the tournament to be held with an audience in the stands.
Craig Tiley, Head of Tennis Australia and organizer of the first Grand Slam of the season, released a statement stating that the tournament is still in talks with local authorities for its celebration in 2021. “Tennis Australia continues to work closely with the Victorian Government and we are confident that we are in a good position to finalize the details of the Australian Open 2021 very soon. “
Tiley also stated that they are in contact with the players, the ATP and the WTA about the tournament news. “We are in constant communication with the tennis institutions, the players and their teams and we consult them about our plans for the event and how the players will be able to safely train and prepare for the Grand Slam. under quarantine conditions established by the Government of Victoria “.
The head of Australian tennis again expressed his idea that the Australian Open 2021 is held with audience in the stands although he reiterates that protection and security is the priority at this time. “Understandably there is speculation about the presence of the public in various plans and in the conversations we have had and our position is clear, although everything requires approval and an agreement must be reached with the Victorian Government before confirming it. Protection and community safety remains top of mind in conversations. “
Finally, Tiley says that, in the coming weeks, they hope to give more details about the Australian Open, among which the dates and ticket sales stand out. “Our team continues to work to prepare a fantastic and safe Australian Open 2021 for the players, fans, sponsors and our staff. We look forward to announcing more details, including when tickets will go on sale, very soon.”