The ATP Finals in London closed one of the most anomalous and toughest seasons in tennis history. The health emergency forced the ATP Tour to be suspended for about six months and the organizers of some historic events, one above all Wimbledon, to raise the white flag with the hope of starting again stronger than before next year.
The last tournament on the major circuit saw Daniil Medvedev win and ended exactly on November 22nd. Despite this, the time has already come to think about 2021 to leave nothing to chance; a 2021 that promises to be still full of difficulties.
The ATP Cup has already been canceled and the Australian government has decided to close the borders at least until next January. In Australia they are working tirelessly to make the next edition of the Australian Open a reality.
The problems relate to travel from one part of the world to another and the mandatory 14-day quarantine that players will have to comply with.
Australian Open 2021 on February 8th
Some local media have spoken in the last hours of an alleged letter that Craig Tiley, director of the tournament, would have sent to tennis players and tennis players.
"It took some time, but the good news is that we will be able to organize the Australian Open from February 8th", this should be the fundamental content of the letter. All competing athletes, along with the members of their team who will follow them, will have to observe the 14-day quarantine starting from January 15th, but the Government of the state of Victoria will allow them to train and prepare properly for such an important appointment .
According to the team, during the period of isolation, no one will be able to leave their hotel room for more than five hours a day. Now only the last step is awaited: the official status of the tournament organizers and Tennis Australia.
Furthermore, government of Victoria should give financial support and coverage transport and accommodation for players and staff. A five-hour daily training window, including on-court and gym preparation and meal times. Players will need to stay in their room for the rest of the day a negative swab performed two days before departure for Australia, which will be followed by another five during the 14 days of quarantine.
Local administration will take care of their travel to and from the clubs, Melbourne Park and the Albert Reserve Tennis Center Tim Pallas said: "The Australian Open is of vital importance for our sports programming, and it is equally important to Tennis Australia and its sustainability.
For this reason, we are aware of the need to discuss with them what is the right recognition for the effort they are making to organize the event. I have made it clear that I expect something in return for the state of Victoria under these agreements.
We are working to assist Tennis Australia in organizing this great sporting event: essentially there will be a cost for the state and one for the tennis federation by virtue of the time shift; we will be happy to support the safe conduct of the tournament."