The Covid-19 translation continues to have a strong impact on the world’s major sports tournaments. It is likely that the 2021 Australian Open Tennis Tournament will start 2 weeks later than the expected plan.
The Minister of Sports and Major Events Martin Pakula, said the state government is in discussions with the 2021 Australian Open Tennis Championship participants. It is about the organization of the tournament since the measures must be taken to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Martin Pakula said at the moment things have not come to an end. However, most likely, the tournament will open 1 to 2 weeks later than the expected date of January 18. Although no specific number is specified, the Organizing Committee may suggest athletes minimize their companions. They encourage athletes to go in small groups.
Besides, Mr. Martin Pukala also said that because the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on. Therefore, thletes will have to test for Covid-19 before and even when they arrive in Australia. During their stay in Australia, it is also recommended that athletes communicate with their group only to ensure safety.
However, at this time, the Organizing Committee of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament 2021 still has no official answer on whether foreign athletes have to be isolated for 2 weeks when arriving in Australia.
2021 Australian Open allows players to practice in isolation
This is to help players feel more secure about the organization of the Grand Slam tournament that takes place early next year.
Recently, the organizers of the 2021 Australian Open announced that it will allow players to practice during the quarantine. However, the athletes are allowed to practice only 14 days before entering the competition. Novak Djokovic is the 2020 Australian Open champion with a win over Dominic Thiem in last year’s final.
This rule came after some players said that it would be dangerous if the players did not practice after 2 weeks and entered the game. However, the organizers also require that the players will have to strictly comply with the rules of isolation.
Currently, the organizers are not sure whether to organize this tournament on schedule or not. As expected, the tournament will take place from January 18, 2021, to January 31, 2021. Or, they will have to postpone the 2021 Australian Open 1-2 weeks. This is Melbourne, where the tournament takes place, has just reoccurred the outbreak of COVID-19 after several months of the blockade.