The Australian Open is anticipated to be postponed by one or two weeks, says a Victoria authorities minister.
The primary Grand Slam of the 12 months is scheduled to happen in Melbourne from 18-31 January 2021.
Nonetheless, Covid-19 quarantine rules in Victoria imply gamers might not be allowed within the state till the end of December on the earliest.
Victoria’s sports activities minister Martin Pakula mentioned it’s “prone to be delayed by per week or two”.
“I nonetheless suppose it is more likely that it will likely be a shorter somewhat than longer delay,” Pakula added.
Tennis Australia had been hoping gamers might arrive in Melbourne in mid-December and quarantine for 2 weeks, earlier than beginning the season on 1 January.
If the gamers need to delay and arrive in late December, they might doubtlessly have sufficient time to be able to play in tournaments within the build-up to the Slam.
However whereas it’s seemingly gamers will be capable of practise throughout their quarantine, it has not but been signed off by the state authorities.
“The precise nature of that quarantine, whether or not or not it is their very own bubble, or one thing extra frequent, continues to be a part of these conversations,” Pakula mentioned.
“The quarantine necessities shall be these which can be finally agreed with the general public well being authorities after which it will likely be a matter for the ATP and the WTA about whether or not or not they’re acceptable.”
The French Open was delayed by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, whereas Wimbledon was cancelled in 2020.
Reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic beforehand requested for “support and understanding” from the federal government in permitting gamers to compete earlier than the Slam begins.