The start date for the Australian Open won’t be known for another two weeks – as tennis officials and Dan Andrews are trying to compromise on quarantine for world stars in Melbourne.
- The start date for the Australian Open 2020 should be known within two weeks
- The Victorian government is reportedly planning to shut down all players until January 1
- Now that two weeks are required for quarantine, the tournament can be moved to March
- Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he did not know when the tournament will be
Next year’s Australian Open start date should be revealed in the next two weeks, with increasing speculation that the Grand Slam will be pushed back from January.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that he was unsure whether the Open – which would begin January 18 – would start on time, as the government works on the delicate quarantine process for the players and their entourages, an estimated 2,500 people.
Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley released a statement on Sunday saying they were “doing everything they can to finish tennis summer as soon as possible.”
“Our intention is to deliver a summer under conditions where the players can prepare and perform at their best and the fans enjoy their efforts – all in an environment that is safe for all involved,” he said.
The 2021 Australian Open start date should be set in the next two weeks, with increasing speculation that the Grand Slam will be delayed from January (pictured is Roger Federer at the 2020 event)
The tournament is expected to be rescheduled from January, which is in the middle of the Victorian summer school holiday period (pictured are the crowds at the 2019 event)
“We are working closely with the Victorian Government on a plan that takes into account the needs of the players, fans, our partners and staff, and is of great importance to the Victorian and Australian economies.
“We continue our urgent discussions with local health authorities about quarantine and biosecurity requirements and are confident that we will make decisions soon.”
Tiley said Tennis Australia was “aware” of the need for security, but is also aware of reaching a solution with the state government that ensures the safety of the entire community.
“We look forward to announcing our ticket sale date once all arrangements with the relevant authorities have been finalized and we have more information on the size of the audience,” he said.
We expect this sale date to be within two weeks.
“We can’t wait for summer and look forward to giving you more details as soon as possible.”
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic this week pleaded with the government to let players in early so they can participate in warm-up events.
Planning for the Open has been thrown into chaos by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that he was unsure whether the Open – which would begin January 18 – would start on time as the government is working on a quarantine plan for players and their entourages, an estimated 2,500 people.
The biggest stumbling block is the Victorian government’s reported stance to deny incoming players until January 1.
That would give them just a handful of days to prepare for the tournament after serving their mandatory two-week quarantine period.
There are reports that the Australian Open cannot be postponed until March or even April.
But Tennis Australia said those reports were merely ‘speculation’.