Playing Australian Open straight after quarantine 'dangerous', warn tennis stars

Playing Australian Open straight after quarantine 'dangerous', warn tennis stars

But Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said that was "not a done deal" since Melbourne emerged from a month-long lockdown recently.

There have been reports pre-Australian Open events will be held in Victoria, rather than around Australia in cities like Sydney and Brisbane, in order to minimise travel ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne.

Global travel to Australia is still tightly controlled and all overseas arrivals must quarantine for two weeks, while individual states also have their own coronavirus restrictions. "Just hearing the applause and hearing the fans and, you know, 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 are all missing".

The best way around the problem would involve players competing in a bubble while still serving out their quarantine, in a similar arrangement to that used at the recent French Open and US Open.

Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday he was confident the Australian Open would go ahead at Melbourne Park but declined to confirm Tennis Australia's scheduling for the January 18-31 Grand Slam and other events in the leadup, including the team-based ATP Cup.

"Again, I'm not someone who runs tennis tournaments but logic tells you not only to protect public health, so keeping participants who've come from the rest of the world, which is on fire at the moment with the numbers we're seeing are just like nothing we've seen before, you've got to keep those people away from the Victorian community for a period of time and you also need to keep them away from each other to protect the integrity of the event".

In a letter sent to players yesterday and obtained by SEN.com.au, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley has conceded for the first time that Victorian Government had on Tuesday night (AEDT) blocked their request for players to be able to quarantine in December.

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Authorities are working out when players will arrive to play the Australian Open.

But Tiley's plans were given short shrift by Andrews, who said his government had not even signed off on the Grand Slam.

"I think we've got to be patient". They are working [with] all of their partners and we're confident that we'll finish up with an Australian Open.

Djokovic was completely outplayed at his own game by Medvedev in a 6-3, 6-3 loss, which sets up a must-win tie against the 2018 ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev on Friday. "We are continuing to work with Tennis Australia to confirm plans for January, and will provide an update as soon as more information is available in the next few days".

Tournaments leading up to the 2021 Australian Open may have to be play behind closed doors after Tennis Australia confirmed players won't be able to quarantine in Melbourne in December.

Australia has adopted some of the strictest measures in the world to combat coronavirus, and South Australia is entering a six-day lockdown after a handful of cases linked to a hotel quarantine site.

"I'm planning to play Australian Open for sure", he said.

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