Australian Open gets go-ahead to start in February with ‘significant crowds’ able to attend

The Australian Open appears to have a confirmed start date of February 8 after Craig Tiley reportedly informed players plans had been finalised. 

Doubts have existed for some time over whether the Australian Open could go ahead in 2021, with Victoria understandably keen to keep their coronavirus infection rate under tight control.

That has seen the tournament inevitably pushed back by a couple of weeks into February, but there will also be the added bonus of ‘significant crowds.’

“It’s taken a while, but the great news is it looks like we are going to be able to hold the AO on February 8,” Tiley is quoted in the Australian press as telling the players.

“Players will have to quarantine for two weeks from 15 January, but the Victorian Government has agreed to special conditions for AO participants – agreeing that they need to be able to prepare for a Grand Slam.

“There will be strict conditions, but after quarantine, players are free to stay where they want, go where they want, play lead-in matches and then compete in an AO in front of significant crowds in a great Melbourne atmosphere for the first time in many months.”

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