Tennis Australia’s plans for the Australian Open have been thrown into chaos by a Victorian government decision to refuse access to any incoming tennis players until Jan 1.
After the verbal warning sent out by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Monday, when he said that “this [a full-scale Australian Open] is not a done deal at all”, the state government has decided that it doesn’t want any visiting athletes to start their quarantine until New Year’s Eve.
Given the requirement for anyone entering the country to serve two weeks of quarantine before they can leave their bio-secure hotel, this will make it difficult for a build-up tournament to be held before the scheduled dates of the Australian Open – which are Jan 18-31.
The Telegraph understands that Tennis Australia has until Friday to submit a revised plan. One possible scenario would be to delay the start of the Australian Open