Australian Open delay ‘likely’ say, state minister

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open is likely to be delayed by a week or two as negotiations between organisers, the tennis tours, and the Victoria government over health measures continue, the state’s sports minister said on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.t

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Tennis Australia (TA) on Saturday dismissed as “speculation” a report that the Grand Slam would be moved back from its scheduled Januaryc18-31 spot in the calendar.

Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews, who on Wednesday celebrated the state’s 25th day without a new COVID-19 case said he was confident the tournament would go ahead but that players would have to undergo quarantine.

Negotiations with health authorities over the details of that quarantine were close to a conclusion, Pakula said.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement on Sunday he was confident he would be able to announce the details of the health measures “soon”.

TA also plans to move all of the Australian Open build-up tournaments, including the ATP Cup, to Victoria from cities around the country.

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