Australian Open ‘likely to be delayed by two weeks,’ say officials in Melbourne

The Australian Open is ‘likely’ to be delayed but only by a up to two weeks, says the sports minister for Victoria. 

Doubts have been raised for some time regarding how the Australian Open could put on the event within the country’s strict policies on controlling to coronavirus.

Previous reports, which were quickly denied by Tennis Australia, claimed the tournament could be pushed back until March, but now it seems an agreement is close to put it a lot closer to its traditional date.

“[It is] likely to be delayed by a week or two,” Victoria’s sports minister Martin Pakula said

“I still think it’s much more likely that it will be a shorter rather than longer delay.”

While the dates themselves seem to be becoming much more solid, Pakula says the specific details are yet to be ironed out.

“The exact nature of that quarantine, whether or not it’s their own bubble, or something more common, is still part of those conversations.

“The quarantine requirements will be those that are ultimately agreed with the public health authorities and then it will be a matter for the ATP and the WTA about whether or not they are acceptable.”

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