The next Australian Open could have a bio-secure 2021 tournament, with very few spectators.
According to AP, the organisers will be drawing ideas from the US Open and delayed French Open, to prepare for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021. According to reports, there will only be half that many spectators present in 2021, and overseas players will have to spend sometime in quarantine too.
Speaking to AP, Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said, “We made that decision this week, to go with that scenario from a number of options.”
“We will not hit the numbers we had last year, a record 821,000 through the gates. Our fans will be from Melbourne and Victoria state, interstate, as well as potentially New Zealanders, if they lift border restrictions. But the 15% we get from overseas will likely not be here.”
“They are both exploring mandatory testing, varying levels of quarantine and limited entourages. Of course we are looking at all these options, and more, as part of our scenario planning.”