Australian Open backed to go ahead if AFL-style training bubble can be set up

by Theguardian

Craig Tiley confident grand slam will proceed in JanuaryBut dependent on players’ hotel quarantine exemption

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has categorically ruled out staging the 2021 Melbourne grand slam if players are forced into two weeks of hard quarantine. But Tiley remains “absolutely” confident the Open will go ahead as planned from 18 to 31 January, along with the usual lead-up events.

He is banking on Australia’s state and federal governments relaxing border restrictions and granting special approval for a training bubble to be established for the world’s tennis elite.

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