DELAYED AUSTRALIAN OPEN TO START FEBRUARY 8
The Australian Open was Thursday pushed back to February 8 due to coronavirus issues, with a series of lead-up events announced by the ATP Tour in Melbourne after players complete 14 days of quarantine.
Confirmation came after protracted negotiations with Tennis Australia and the Victorian state authorities in Melbourne, which only emerged from a months-long lockdown in October following a second wave of Covid-19 cases.
Originally due to start on January 18, players will now arrive in Australia from January 15 to serve two weeks of quarantine, many of them coming from countries when the pandemic is still raging.
Earlier reports said they would have to remain at designated hotels but would be allowed to practise and exercise for up to five hours a day, shuttled between their accommodation and Melbourne Park.
There was no immediate confirmation from Tennis Australia.