Australian Open junior event, girls and boys tournaments, postponed resulting from journey restrictions, COVID-19 difficulties


“Australia has had comparatively few instances of COVID-19 … and this has been achieved by means of strict biosecurity measures which embrace limiting worldwide travellers into Australia, and obligatory 14-day quarantine for all worldwide arrivals,” the letter learn.

“Journey to Australia can be not easy, with caps on the numbers of arrivals and the Division of Dwelling Affairs requires a journey exemption.

“These limits together with the elevated biosecurity necessities have sadly made it extraordinarily tough for us to run a junior occasion on the 2021 Australian Open.”

Tennis Australia is now engaged on discovering one other time in 2021 when a substitute junior event may very well be held.

The letter mentioned regular Worldwide Tennis Federation junior tournaments in Australia held in April would nonetheless go forward at this stage.

In 2020 Wimbledon was cancelled whereas the US Open went forward per week later than regular, and the French Open in late September versus late Might, all due to COVID.

Australian gamers Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios sat out each whereas Rafael Nadal didn’t play the US Open, and Roger Federer didn’t play both.

The Victorian authorities has been agency as it really works by means of the quarantine necessities for the Australian Open, significantly with shifting lead-up occasions to Melbourne, however Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned this week that he was assured the Open would go forward.

Alex de Minaur’s supervisor mentioned on Friday that gamers might boycott the Australian Open given the difficulties of moving into the nation and lack of pre-tournament occasions.

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Mr Andrews had beforehand dismissed options that the event would have a depleted subject.

“I am not knowledgeable tennis participant, nor am I a spokesperson for them, however I believe grand slam tennis has a sure attract, and I do not suppose we’ll ever have bother getting a subject for certainly one of simply 4 grand slam tournaments which might be performed annually,” he mentioned.

“We’re working to make it possible for we have got tennis as we are able to safely have, but it surely’s received to be finished safely.”

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