Craig Tiley insists there will be no delay to start of Australian Open to help quarantined players prepare

There is no possibility of the start of the Australian Open being delayed to help quarantined players, says tournament director Craig Tiley. 

Over 70 players are currently self-isolating in their hotel rooms unable to train ahead of the event due to being in close contact with someone to have returned a positive coronavirus test.

That has led to much discontent expressed on social media, with some players claiming Tennis Australia have altered the deal that promised them five hours of training every day even during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Tiley, however, insists everyone knew the risks beforehand, and delaying the start of the tournament to allow them to catch up on the lost practice is not something under consideration.

“We are planning on February the 8th. We do have that buffer time in there and we are looking forward to welcoming fans to the Australian Open.”

“Ticket sales have been going well, we have two weeks of great tennis and our intention is to absolutely continue with those dates.”

“So far, we have had 643 negative tests and two which have been unfortunately positive.

“We knew always there was going to be significant risks. With this pandemic, you can never tell. Everyone coming into Australia either had to show evidence of negative tests or be non-infectious 72 hours before departing.

“And then, coming to Australia and going into isolation and administered another test. We always felt there would be a chance (of positive tests ahead of the event).”

“It’s unfortunate that two people have tested positive in that (two-week quarantine) window and as a result, the chief health officer has determined that those individuals who were on that plane, everyone who was on that plane was a close contact.

“We don’t know what the situation or decision would be coming in and this decision has been made and now we have to manage an environment for 14 days for those players, who, unfortunately, are not going to have the same conditions as those who are able to get and practice.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘I can finally see myself competing with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again,’ says Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori says he can see himself being able to compete with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again for the first time in months. Nishikori...

Daniil Medvedev to leapfrog Rafael Nadal in rankings with big three dominance finally showing signs of decline

Men's tennis will have a new name inside its top two for the first time in 16 years on Monday, with Daniil Medvedev breaking...

‘The only suspense at Roland Garros is to learn who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

The only suspense to the men's singles competition at Roland Garros is finding out who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final, says Patrick...

‘I’m just trying to focus on my mindset,’ says Roger Federer ahead of Doha return

Roger Federer is making his much-anticipated return to tennis in Doha this week after a year away from the sport and says he is...

Roger Federer: ‘Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest players ever’

Roger Federer has been praising rival Novak Djokovic ahead of his much anticipated return to tennis.  Federer was forced to take a year out of...

Novak Djokovic updates his schedule by confirming his next three tournaments

Novak Djokovic provisionally intends to play the Miami Open at the end of this month, his website has revealed. Djokovic suffered an abdominal tear whilst...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here