The start of the 2021 tennis season, and in particular the Australian Open preparation tournaments, remain uncertain, after organizers spoke on Wednesday “new difficulties“regarding the arrival of players in the country.”During discussions with Tennis Australia over the past 24 hours, we learned that new difficulties have arisen regarding the arrival dates. (in the country) intended for players and their teams“, can we read in an ATP message sent to players and tweeted by Lukas Lacko, 193rd in the world.
The Slovak explains that “rumors indicate that players would in fact not be allowed to return to Australia in December“as was originally planned. The project was to land around mid-December more than 500 players in the state of Victoria, where the tournaments initially scheduled in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Canberra would be grouped together. before the Australian Open kicked off in Melbourne (Jan. 18-31), where players were required to quarantine and train before the start of the season.
The quarantine should last 14 days, according to health rules currently in force in Australia, any delay could jeopardize the whole of this organization, while the first tournaments are to begin in early January. “We understand that the start of the 2021 season is uncertain, and we are working as hard as possible to deliver the best possible schedule.“, added ATP.
On Monday, the first doubts emerged, after Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews claimed that nothing was “made“concerning the organization of tournaments at the beginning of the year, recalling that Melbourne, the heart of the second epidemic wave in Australia, had just emerged from long months of confinement. On Wednesday, a wave of new contaminations in South Australia resulted in the establishment of a new six-day confinement in this neighboring state of Victoria, in an attempt to contain a new cluster in Adelaide.