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Thursday’s games were canceled when a security guard tested positive for COVID-19, days after working at the Grand Hyatt, where Australian Open players and support staff were in quarantine.

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley confirmed Thursday afternoon that officials plan to complete all six events at Melbourne Park by Sunday.

Nearly 70 games will start Friday from 10 a.m., with some players scheduled to play twice.

Several Australian players could find themselves playing a second game, including James Duckworth, Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Alex Bolt and Alexei Popyrin. Players are not expected to do this on Friday, with Ash Barty set to start the game of the day first

Organizers have decided that the WTA matches will be the best of two sets for the duration of this week’s events, with a 10-point tie-break, if necessary, for the final set.

Rain is forecast for Melbourne on Friday as officials prepare to play under a closed roof and use the indoor courts at Melbourne Park.

If this is the case, Hawk-Eye Live technology, or electronic line calling, will not be available on indoor courts.

Several tournament officials will fill each court to judge the lines for indoor games, according to the Herald Sun.

Fans may need to wear masks for matches with a closed roof.

“This gives us three days to complete the preliminary heats. Obviously tomorrow (Friday) we have difficult weather conditions so we have to work around that as well,” said Craig Tiley.

“We have the luxury of having three stadium courts and eight indoor courts, so 11 courts on which we can continue the matches… and this will allow us not to get ahead, but at least to be able to finish Sunday.

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