Australian Open ‘possible’ to be postponed by ‘one or two weeks’

The match, the primary tennis grand slam of the yr, is at present scheduled to get underway on January 18 with the ladies’s and males’s singles finals going down on January 30 and 31.

“I am nonetheless assured we’ll have an Australian Open, and we’ll have one within the early a part of the yr,” Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Main Occasions, informed reporters in Melbourne.

“It will be delayed by per week or two. I feel that is nonetheless probably, it isn’t the one possibility.”

Tennis Australia says it has been in “pressing talks” with the state authorities concerning quarantining and bio-security preparations wanted for the Australian Open to go forward.

“Our intention is to ship a summer time in circumstances that enable the gamers to arrange and carry out at their finest and the followers to get pleasure from their efforts — all in an surroundings that’s protected for all involved,” it stated in an announcement on Sunday.

Minister Pakula additionally flagged an “extraordinarily rigorous testing regime, that can apply to the tennis gamers, each earlier than they depart the port that they are coming from and after they arrive. After which I think about constantly by means of the time they’re within the bubble.”

Whereas a second wave of Covid-19 compelled Melbourne right into a strict 112-day lockdown over the southern hemisphere winter, the vast majority of restrictions have now been eased.

There has not been a brand new recorded case of coronavirus in Victoria since October 29.

The uncertainty over when the Australian Open will begin is proving a quandary for some tennis gamers.

“I will go to Australia once we can to keep away from any circumstances that will change your thoughts about competing there,” ATP Finals winner Daniil Medvedev informed CNN’s Christina Macfarlane earlier this week.

“If, as an example, you were not capable of compete or to coach throughout quarantine simply forward of the match, I do not assume the match goes to occur.

“[I’m] not complaining that it is boring or one thing like this, it is simply that going out from the room after 14 days of not doing something and [then] taking part in 5 units instantly, I feel could be actually harmful for the well being of any sportsman.

“A minimum of from what was stated earlier than, we might be capable of apply on tennis courts and apply bodily, which is actually necessary. I do not assume it will be doable for anyone to go there [if they] might want to keep within the room for 14 days.”

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