The Australian Open will be the most 'significant international event' for months, says Victorian Minister for Sport Martin Pakula.
Despite logistical problems, including the enforced hard quarantine of over 72 players in Melbourne, the Australian Open is now making the final preparations to begin on February 8.
It boasts a COVID safe plan that allows for 30,000 spectators inside Melbourne Park every day for the first eight days of the tournament, and 25,000 a day from the quarter-final stage meaning it will be attended by over 400,000 fans.
And, after a year of mostly behind closed doors sports events, that makes it extremely significant.
“That means on Rod Laver Arena, as we get to the end of the tournament, we’ll have an incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere we’ve seen in all the opens in years past,” Pakula said.
“It will not be the same as the last few years, but it will be the most significant international event with crowds that the world has seen for many, many months.”
Players have slowly started emerging from their quarantine now and into pretty much total freedom due to Australia's success in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
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