Australian Open chief wants quarantine rest for players – tennis

Australian Open chief wants quarantine rest for players – tennis

Australian Open chief executive Craig Tele wants international tennis players arriving for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021 to be exempt from the 14-day strict hotel quarantine that is now mandatory for inbound travelers.

Tilley said on Thursday that he is fully confident that the Australian Open will proceed as planned from 18–31 January at Melbourne Park, as well as leading the men’s ATP Cup and tournaments in Sydney, Hobart.

He said he is counting on Australia’s state and federal governments to ease border restrictions and give players special approval to move into the bio-safe training bubble, as recently as the US Open and the French Open played tournaments. Had to prepare for. Different from the public.

Teal told the Australian Associated Press, “If a player is to be stuck in a hotel for two weeks just before their season, it won’t happen.” “You can’t ask players to quarantine for two weeks and then get out and get ready to play Grand Slam.”

Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both of whom will turn 40 in 2021, are already committed to play in Australia, but Teale said the players simply will not be shown if they are not allowed to dress properly.

“We fully accept that every person coming from overseas has got two weeks of quarantine,” Tele said, but “what we are negotiating, or on which we are trying for an agreement , That is, we establish a quarantine environment. They can train and move between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks. “

At the US Open and the French Open, players were not required to quarantine, rather they had to operate in a bio-safe bubble and undergo regular COVID-19 tests before being allowed to compete. The players wore masks between matches at Roland Garros, where Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the men’s final last weekend.

Tilly said preparations for the Australian Open “are now being done for crunch time.”

“We need commitment from governments and health officials,” he said. “We should know in the next two weeks, maybe a month, what it can be: the boundaries are going to open and then we can have a multi-city event.

“If we can’t have a multi-city event, then we have to rethink everything.”

Melbourne has been one of the toughest cities in Australia during the COVID-19 epidemic. A second wave of coronaviruses forced an overnight curfew and a six-week lockdown for its 5 million residents. Nevertheless, organizers plan that the capacity of the audience at the Australian Open – up to 50% – is in place with the rules of social distance.

If state boundaries are not reopened, Telly did not hold the ATP Cup and possibly other tournaments in Melbourne, similar to the way the Cincinnati hard-court tournament was staged at Flushing Meadows before the US Open.

“Anything is possible right now,” Tilly said. “Everything is still on the table.”

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