— Published 23 November 2020

Decision within two weeks for the Australian Open

Patience. According to Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley, the date for the 2021 Australian Open will be known within the next two weeks. The first round of the Grand Slam is scheduled to begin on January 18th, but several rumors relayed by the media suggest that the tournament could be postponed by a month. The option of a postponement to April 2021 is even mentioned. At issue, the conditions of entry into the country and the obligation of quarantine for the players involved and their entourage, i.e. around 2,500 people. “We are working closely with the Government of Victoria on a plan that takes into account the needs of players, fans, our partners and staff”, said Craig Tiley. “We are continuing our discussions with local health authorities regarding quarantine and biosecurity requirements. We will soon be able to announce decisions”. The city of Melbourne has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but has not recorded any new infections for 23 days.