There is now really less than a month to go until the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021, the Australian Open. There is great anticipation for everything that will happen in Melbourne and above all for the organization around a tournament in a country where there will be the presence of the public despite the fact that in recent weeks there has been a small but increasingly evident increase in Covid cases- 19 in Australia.
However, the organizers of the Australian Open do not want to run the slightest risk as regards the transmission of the virus and for this reason all tennis players, the various technical staffs and assistants must strictly comply with the safety protocols provided because otherwise the consequences could be very negative.
Tiley explains how they will perform at the Australian Open
The chairman of the Australian federation and in general of the Australian Open Craig Tiley gave a very interesting interview to The Age microphones. First of all, the statement from Tennis Australia: "In addition to fines of around $ 20,000 and criminal penalties, any violation of the protocol could result in one of the following additional penalties: disqualification from the tournament, loss of the prize money, even more extensive quarantine, isolation in hotel room ordered by the government, arrest and deportation."
Then Tiley continued: "The Grand Slams have a different set of rules and most importantly we are very strict about applying them. The players understand that any infraction could lead to disqualification and everyone would then be forced to return to their country.
If someone finds it tiring to respect these rules, then it would be better for them not to come." It should be remembered that the Australian Open qualifiers will start today but in an exceptional way they will be played in Doha and Dubai.
After passing a fourteen-day quarantine period where tennis players will be able to train with a colleague in the first week and with two other players in the second week, it is expected that there will be around 1200 people occupying the Melbourne facility over the course of the tournament and every precaution will be important.
Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin will be those who participate in the tournament and defend the title they won last year. We have to recall that the Australian Open 2021, this year, will be played in early February, and not in January, due to the quarantine that all players will have to play respect once you arrive in Australia.
ovak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.