Australian Open chief Craig Tiley mentioned Sunday he anticipated “selections quickly” on preparations for the match after experiences mentioned it could possibly be shifted from its ordinary January slot, whereas Rafael Nadal urged gamers to be affected person. Tiley had initially needed gamers to start out arriving in Australia from mid-December so they may endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine earlier than enjoying conventional warm-up occasions earlier than the Grand Slam. However that plan was thrown into doubt by Victoria state Premier Dan Andrews, significantly since Melbourne solely not too long ago emerged from a months-long lockdown to get rid of a second wave of Covid-19.
Andrews reportedly solely needs gamers to reach from early January, which might make all of it however not possible to carry the high-profile ATP Cup and different tournaments earlier than the scheduled begin of the Open on January 18.
It additionally stays unclear whether or not gamers shall be allowed to coach throughout quarantine.
“Tennis Australia is doing all the pieces we are able to to finalise the summer season of tennis as quickly as potential,” Tiley mentioned in a press release.
“We’re working intently with the Victorian authorities on a plan that takes under consideration the wants of the gamers, followers, our companions and employees, and is of main profit to the Victorian and Australian economic system.
“We’re persevering with our pressing talks with native well being authorities concerning quarantining and bio-security necessities and are assured we may have selections quickly.”
The Melbourne Age newspaper mentioned it understood the Australian Open would seemingly be delayed by one or two weeks, with February 1 rising as a potential begin date.
However the Melbourne Herald Solar mentioned it could possibly be pushed again so far as early March.
“Tennis Australia is conscious about the necessity for certainty, but in addition aware of reaching an answer with the state authorities that ensures the security of your complete group,” mentioned Tiley.
Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Nadal mentioned it was an unprecedented state of affairs and urged persistence from gamers.
“We simply have to be affected person and settle for the state of affairs that we face. That’s tough for everybody,” he mentioned on the ATP Finals in London.
“We have to be versatile to grasp the state of affairs and to discover a method to play as many tournaments as potential subsequent 12 months.”
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