Australian Open organisers say they are confident the 2022 event will go ahead in its usual January timeslot.
The 2021 edition was moved back three weeks into February because of the pandemic, with all players required to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
There have been forecasts that border closures until mid-2022 could mean the event is relocated to Dubai or Doha.
Other problems for the 2021 event included positive coronavirus cases on inbound charter flights which meant 72 players remained confined to their hotel rooms. Those on unaffected flights were only able to leave their rooms for five hours a day to train.
There was also a cap on attendances at Melbourne Park and the state of Victoria reverted to full lockdown for five days during the tournament in response to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Tennis Australia (TA) said it expected the overall financial loss for the staging of this year’s tournament to exceed A$78m (about £43m).