Players Positive For Corona Could Play At Australian Open, Tournament Boss Says

Corona-positive players could play at Australian Open, says tournament boss


Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley reveals players could compete with COVID at Melbourne Park this year. Before and during this year’s Australian Open, players will not be required to take COVID tests. The same thing happened at some other Grand Slams last year, as it was up to the players to decide what to do when they felt bad.

“We have made this clear to our players, as well as to our more than 12,000 employees. We ask, if anyone feels unwell, please stay home. It’s a normalized environment for us and, not unlike cricket, there will potentially be players competing with COVID, we just wanted to follow what’s currently out there in the community.

We have made it clear to our players, as well as our staff, if anyone is not feeling well, please stay home. It’s a normalized environment for us and, not unlike cricket, there will potentially be players competing with COVID,» Tiley said, according to Reuters.

Tiley criticizes an Australian media report

In an article published in NewsCorp, it was suggested that Tennis Australia should explore rescheduling the Australian Open. Also in the article February and October were mentioned as dates for the Australian Open, as the tournament would then avoid the worst heat.

Tiley described the article as «bizarre» as he feels the Australian Open is the tournament known to kick off the tennis season. «I read that, I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, a bizarre statement.

You talk to all the players, this is the season. It starts in January. It starts here in Australia,» Tiley said. Meanwhile, the Australian Open suffered two big blows late last week. On Friday, world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz announced his retirement from the Australian Open.

Two days later, two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka also decided to withdraw from the Australian Open. But there is one very positive for the Australian Open: Djokovic returns to action at Melbourne Park.

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