The Australian Tennis Federation (TA) will schedule all of its summer tournaments in the run-up to the Australian Open in the southern state of Victoria due to COVID-19.
Victoria, which houses the first Grand slam of the year in the state capital, Melbourne, will host the ATP Cup by teams and other tournaments that are usually held in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide Y Hobart.
The head of TA, Craig tiley, said the governing body had taken an unprecedented step because other Australian states could not guarantee player quarantine arrangements or make a “commitment to open travel between cities.”
“Now it’s a matter of working with the Victorian government on what the quarantine program looks like, ensuring the safety of the people and then, of course, the safety of the players who come,” Tiley told the Herald Sun.
“Now there is no risk that the Australian Open will go ahead without everyone in Victoria. We didn’t have that guarantee before, ”Tiley congratulated himself.
Tiley said the players could train and compete in a biosecure bubble during a two-week quarantine in Melbourne, but would be free to roam Victoria and mingle with the crowd after completing their mandatory isolation.
“The Australian Open will be played in an open environment with players moving freely, as well as with the public, at least 25% of capacity,” said the head of TA.
Once the epicenter of a second wave of COVID-19 in the middle of the year, Victoria has logged 17 consecutive days with no new cases after a harsh four-month lockdown.
TA hopes the current 25% crowd limit in stadiums can be lifted if the favorable trend continues.
He said TA was considering hosting some of the summer tournaments in regional Victoria cities such as Bendigo and Traralgon, subject to approval from authorities.