In principle, the Australian Open should start on January 18, but the Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria confirmed on Wednesday that a postponement is “very likely”.
In addition, Prime Minister Andrews does not intend to ease quarantine obligations for tennis players. Anyone who comes to Melbourne will therefore first have to be in isolation for two weeks. “The rest of the world is on fire. So there will be a quarantine for everyone who comes to our city or state. There is no escape.”
“As important as the tennis tournament is, the government does not intend to take any risks.”
To the Australian agency AAP, the Minister of Sports of Victoria clarified that there are “some data” on the table. “I have seen scenarios in which the start is delayed by one or two weeks. That seems to me the most likely,” said Minister Martin Pakula.
Victoria was at the center of Australia’s second corona wave. There was a strict lockdown in Melbourne until the end of October. Today the number of infections is under control.