MELBOURNE: Gamers getting ready for the Australian Open may very well be allowed to compete whereas in quarantine after arriving within the nation, Tennis Australia (TA) boss Craig Tiley mentioned.
Worldwide arrivals to Australia should isolate for 14 days as a part of strict COVID-19 protocols.
Tiley mentioned in a letter to gamers that TA was working with native authorities to make sure they might be capable to practice and put together for the Australian Open and different native occasions within the lead-up throughout their two-week isolation.
“We are going to proceed to maintain you up to date on any adjustments, together with the potential for with the ability to compete throughout the two-week interval,” Tiley wrote.
Australia’s coronavirus hotspot of Victoria state, which hosts the 12 months’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne from Jan. 18-31, has been in onerous lockdown since early August resulting from a second wave of infections.
Authorities wound again some restrictions on Monday, whereas the state’s every day rise in new infections fell to single digits for the primary time in additional than three months.
The low an infection numbers will give organisers hope that followers can be permitted at Melbourne Park.
“Australia is a protected place and the group has completed job making certain the an infection price stays very low by sporting masks, bodily distancing and practising good hygiene,” Tiley advised gamers.
TA plans to arrange “quarantine hubs” throughout the nation for arriving gamers and provides them extra alternatives to compete earlier than the Australian Open.
Lead-up occasions embrace the boys’s team-based ATP Cup and different warm-ups in Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.
TA is but to substantiate the summer time schedule however Tiley urged gamers to reach earlier than Dec. 14 to get quarantine completed earlier than week one in every of competitors.