Should the Australian Open get pushed back?

Ross Houston
November 24, 2020

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Tennis Australia (TA), however, said earlier this week they had planned for players and their entourages to start arriving Down Under in mid-December, spend two weeks in mandatory quarantine and then begin playing in early January.

"We can't wait for the summer and look forward to bringing you more details as soon as we possibly can".

The Australian Open is nearly certain not to begin on its scheduled 2021 start date of January 18.

Ever since the tour resumed after the Covid-19 stoppage, the majority of events have been played in empty stadiums, with a select few allowing fans in few numbers to attend with social distancing protocols in place to curb the spread of the virus.

There are many questions surrounding the 2021 Australian Open.

"This is not a simple issue", he said. "We believe that we will have decisions soon", he pointed.

Tiley said reports the tournament might be delayed, even as late as April, are "speculation".

"This is not a simple thing though, to have many hundreds or indeed potentially well more than 1000 athletes and others who support them, media, being here for a very important event".

There is clean air in the sporting calendar throughout February with the AFL confirming this week it would start the 2021 AFL season on March 18.

Tennis Australia says the dates for next year's Australian Open in Melbourne should be known within two weeks.

"Just hearing the applause and hearing the fans and sensing their energy and their emotion and their kind of excitement for being there and cheering you on on the court, that's something that I think we're all missing".

"But stranger things have happened in 2020, haven't they? There's so much at stake".

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