All players will need to quarantine themselves in Melbourne for two weeks before the rescheduled Australian Open begins on February 8, the Victoria government confirmed on Saturday.
After the ATP Tour revealed its updated schedule for the first seven weeks of the 2021 season on Wednesday, the Australian Open and the state government confirmed plans for the flagship event at Melbourne Park.
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Uncertainty had surrounded next year’s Australian Open due to the coronavirus pandemic – the Grand Slam event typically begins January 18 in Melbourne – but the major is now scheduled to take place February 8-21 .
Qualifying for the Australian Open will also take place outside the country, with Doha, Qatar hosting January 10-13.
There will be warm-up events in Melbourne after the traveling players have served 14-day quarantine periods in Victoria that allow them to train for up to five hours a day at a secure facility.
The 2021 Australian Open will take place at Melbourne Park from February 8 to 21.
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“The quarantine plans have been approved by the Chief Health Officer and the Andrews Labor government will work with Tennis Australia to finalize a COVIDSafe plan that ensures the safety of all parties,” read a statement from the Victorian government. “Strong infection prevention and control measures will be at the heart of these arrangements.”
“Players and their support teams will be tested before leaving for Australia and then at least five times during their quarantine period,” the statement continued. “If they test positive, they will be subject to standard quarantine arrangements until approved by public health officials.”
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: “For the first time in over 100 years, the Australian Open kicks off in February and we look forward to bringing players what we think this is one of their best gaming experiences in 2021.
“Right from the start, ensuring players have the best possible preparation for the Australian Open, while at all times protecting the precious COVID-free environment that the Victorian community has built through incredible sacrifice and hard work over the past six last few months, has been essential.
“It took eight months of work alongside government authorities here in Victoria, nationally and interstate, to give us the opportunity to present an Australian Open that will play a major role in revitalization and rejuvenation. economic and psychological aspects of Melbourne and Victoria.
“AO 2021 will be about supporting local businesses – our tennis coaches, farmers, food and wine producers, chefs, artists and musicians – and celebrating all that is great about our country, as well as to provide opportunities for those who ‘I have been so hard hit during the pandemic, especially in Melbourne and Victoria.’
There will be three ATP warm-up events in Melbourne, including the ATP Cup from February 1-5.
Adelaide International has moved to Melbourne and will run alongside another ATP 250 tournament in the city from Jan.31 to Feb.6.
There will be two WTA 500 tournaments held simultaneously at Melbourne Park from January 31 to February 7, while a 250 event will take place in week two of the Australian Open.