Djokovic urges government 'support' players over Australian Open preparations

Tanya Simon
November 21, 2020

Speaking on Wednesday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he was "deeply engaged" with Tennis Australia to ensure next year's tournament will be able to be held safely.

With players facing a 14-day quarantine, any delay could make it hard to hold the high-profile ATP Cup and other tournaments before the Australian Open starts in Melbourne on Jan 18.

Worldwide travel to Australia is still tightly controlled and all overseas arrivals must quarantine for two weeks, while individual states also have their own coronavirus restrictions.

"I think that a bubble however constructed will be a feature and not just that, that's the way cricket will operate, that's the way the grand prix will operate some time later and many, many other events".

The start of the Australian Open 2021, scheduled for January 18, and in general the calendar of the tournaments that would be held earlier in the oceanic country, could be in jeopardy since the date on which global players will be able to arrive in Melbourne to comply with a 14-day quarantine is not yet confirmed.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has previously stated that he is hoping to allow between 2,625 and 5,250 fans into the tournament in January.

The Tennis Australia decision to move all events, including the ATP Cup, to Victoria was aimed at avoiding the potential for players being stranded interstate in the event of sudden domestic border closures.

'I hope that there is going to be support and understanding from the Victorian and Australian government for the players and for Tennis Australia and that they will allow players to compete in the second week of quarantine, ' he told reporters at the ATP Finals in London. "We are continuing to work with Tennis Australia to confirm plans for January, and will provide an update as soon as more information is available in the next few days".

Mr Andrews said he's confident the tennis tournament will proceed - but it remains to be seen how many global stars will compete as confusion reigns over quarantine requirements.

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Australian Open organisers are scrambling to try to find a satisfactory way of staging the tournament after the Victorian Government threw a major spanner in the works.

Authorities are working out when players will arrive to play the Australian Open. "They are working (with) all of their partners and we're confident that we'll finish up with an Australian Open".

"I think we've got to be patient".

On the court, Alexander Zverev maintained his chances of qualifying for the semi-finals as he overcame Diego Schwartzman by a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 margin.

But he said on Thursday that any plan for the tournament would likely see it held in a bubble, which is what players endured during this year's U.S. Open in NY and is an idea previously discussed by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.

"I'm planning to play Australian Open for sure", he said.

'I mean, hopefully that's going to help tremendously with the calendar and everything, and you won't be then losing a week.

Victoria hasn't recorded any deaths or new cases of COVID-19 for 19 days.

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