Australian Open organisers confident new dates will be finalised ‘very soon’

Organisers are yet to finalise a schedule with the Australian government

The Australian Open has been delayed due to uncertainty

“We are also in constant communication with the global tennis community, including the Tours, the players and their teams, as we consult with them on plans for the event and how players can safely practise and prepare for a grand slam tournament under the Victorian Government’s proposed quarantine conditions.

“The protection and safety of the community remains paramount in the discussions.

“Our team continues to work on delivering a fantastic – and safe – AO 2021 for the players, the fans, our partners and our staff. We look forward to announcing more details, including when tickets will go on sale, very soon.”

The most contentious issue is whether or under what conditions players will be allowed to practise during their two-week quarantine period.

It is expected the tournament will be pushed back by a week or two, with players arriving from early January, but whether a qualifying tournament will be held is another detail that is up in the air along with how the calendar is shuffled to accommodate the date change.

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