The scrapped off tennis calendar of 2020 has dealt with numerous new changes. With Cincinnati Open relocating to Flushing Meadows, tournaments taking place behind the closed doors with COVID-19 measures and events cutting down their prize money, 2020 tennis has witnessed extremities.
With the season curtaining down in a few days from now, the organizers are in the middle of the preparation for the 2021 season. To tennis players and fans, the month of January is pretty synonymous with the Oceanian nation of Australia.
All the professionals and their teams are used to travel within Australia during the month of January. But, in the year 2021 amid all the travel restrictions and new normal conventions, Tennis Australia has decided to hold all tennis events in the Victorian capital, Melbourne.
Consequently, by avoiding the mammoth touring in Australia, all players will be quarantined for two weeks in the bubble located in tennis’ global capital in January month, Melbourne.
Australian tennis events planning
Generally, in January, the ATP Cup, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart International, ASB Classic, and the Australian Open are all held in Oceania. And this year, with under the blanket of the pandemic, all events will be relocated to the city of Melbourne, which home to the prestigious Aussie Slam.
However, in 2021 tournaments of Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart won’t be staged. Also, the concrete plan and schedule of all events are yet to be released.
The tennis players will be personally invited by the Australian government for a period of 5 weeks to visit the island country. The invitation would aid them to travel to Australia without any hassles.
“We completely accept that everyone coming from overseas has got to have two weeks in quarantine. What we’re trying to have an agreement on is that we set up a quarantine environment. There, they can train and go between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks,” said Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australian.
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