Australian Open chief confirms 2021 tournament will go ahead – ‘… and Roger Federer will be here’

Craig Tiley has revealed ambitions plans for the the Australian Open next year, and he says they will definitely involve Roger Federer.

Federer hasn’t played competitively since the 2020 Australian Open, when he lost in the semi-finals to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

He has had two lots of knee surgery since, and yesterday his coach Severin Luthi confirmed his recovery was still on track for the 2021.

That was music to the ears of Tennis Australia chief Tiley, who is determined to push ahead despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“Roger this morning just confirmed publicly he’ll be here,” Tiley told Channel Nine.

“Serena Williams will be here obviously trying to get Margaret Court’s record, so we’re excited about the players that will be here and what we’ll put on.”

Roger Federer backhand

As with every tournament, there are significant challenges facing the Australian Open.

Tiley, though, has promised ‘more tennis than ever’ Down Under in January.

“We’re going to have six weeks of tennis, in fact more tennis and events than ever before,” Tiley explained.

“[Players] will have two weeks of quarantine that they will do in cities around Australia and for those two weeks we’re creating a bubble from the hotel to the courts in a training environment, not too dissimilar to what’s happened with the AFL and NRL.

“By then, we expect the border to be completely open and we can move from city to city and then come down to Melbourne for the Australian Open for the last two weeks of January.”

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