Confirmed: Australian Open will begin February 8th

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Aussie Darcy

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whats the difference if they play on schedule or 2 weeks later?
Quarantine bubble. They will begin to arrive here January 15 to begin the 2 week bubble otherwise it would’ve been too early/short notice to start arriving internationally as I don’t think we are opening until end of December.
 

pj80

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Quarantine bubble. They will begin to arrive here January 15 to begin the 2 week bubble otherwise it would’ve been too early/short notice to start arriving internationally as I don’t think we are opening until end of December.
Why cant they arrive now...spend 2 weeks in quarantine (since they resting anyway) and then mid december start training in australia,,,
 

Aussie Darcy

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Why cant they arrive now...spend 2 weeks in quarantine (since they resting anyway) and then mid december start training in australia,,,
Players probably want to spend Christmas with their families? They don’t usually get here til January 1 anyway.
 

tonylg

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Why cant they arrive now...spend 2 weeks in quarantine (since they resting anyway) and then mid december start training in australia,,,
For a start, our borders are closed and they'd need an exemption (which I'm sure would not be a problem).

But the real reason would be Christmas. So much whinging in here about our sensible protocols that have worked very well, can you imagine if players were expected to come here before Christmas?

Truth is, the smart ones will apply for an exemption and be here in a few weeks.
 

Jack the Hack

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Honestly, mid-February is probably when the Australian Open should be played regardless of a pandemic. That would give more time for a proper slate of run up tournaments throughout the summer months in the southern hemisphere. As it usually is, there are only a handful of tournaments in the early part of January and some exhibitions before the Australian Open starts. I'd rather see that time stretched out a bit with more events. As it stands, there is kind of a dead period between the end of the Australian and Indian Wells that would be better served with a permanent schedule shift in my opinion.
 

pj80

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For a start, our borders are closed and they'd need an exemption (which I'm sure would not be a problem).

But the real reason would be Christmas. So much whinging in here about our sensible protocols that have worked very well, can you imagine if players were expected to come here before Christmas?

Truth is, the smart ones will apply for an exemption and be here in a few weeks.
They could spend Christmas with Kyrgios
 
Honestly, mid-February is probably when the Australian Open should be played regardless of a pandemic. That would give more time for a proper slate of run up tournaments throughout the summer months in the southern hemisphere. As it usually is, there are only a handful of tournaments in the early part of January and some exhibitions before the Australian Open starts. I'd rather see that time stretched out a bit with more events. As it stands, there is kind of a dead period between the end of the Australian and Indian Wells that would be better served with a permanent schedule shift in my opinion.
Theoretically that should be the case, but it won't happen due to the Australian Open's school holiday timing
 

Bartelby

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They are trying to bring Australians back from overseas before Christmas after a two week quarantine as well, so they had priority over tennis players.
 

Bartelby

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They will only train with one other partner, so it's a balance between isolation and training.

It will be strict enough if all the employees do their job properly and players co-operate.

So it’s basically not a strict quarantine.
 

tonylg

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Isn’t this the same thing they did at the US Open where they were in a bubble? Not sure what the problem is?
The problem is if they are practice at Melbourne Park, it's VERY hard to stop them coming into contact with people (drivers, centre staff, caterers, etc). Do they control how many come in contact with each other for practice, or could one case potentially take out half the draw?

Now I'm sure the government is all over this, but it's fraught with "potential" problems.
 

tonylg

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You could have dropped 1000 covid cases into New York and no-one would notice. Melbourne has done an amazing job over the past few months and even a few would pose a risk.
 

Arak

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The problem is if they are practice at Melbourne Park, it's VERY hard to stop them coming into contact with people (drivers, centre staff, caterers, etc). Do they control how many come in contact with each other for practice, or could one case potentially take out half the draw?

Now I'm sure the government is all over this, but it's fraught with "potential" problems.
That is exactly what I was trying to assess. It does seem a risky process especially that you guys are 100% virus free. One case can change all that.
 

Aussie Darcy

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The problem is if they are practice at Melbourne Park, it's VERY hard to stop them coming into contact with people (drivers, centre staff, caterers, etc). Do they control how many come in contact with each other for practice, or could one case potentially take out half the draw?

Now I'm sure the government is all over this, but it's fraught with "potential" problems.
Unlike RG and the USO I think you’ll find if we get even one person positive the tournament will shut down as we don’t want to risk Covid returning to community transmission in Australia. It is fraught with problems, I just hope nobody has the damn virus.
 

Aussie Darcy

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@Aussie Darcy, we have been discussing this all of this in another thread for days.

BTW, the AO 2021 HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED at this stage !!!

In any case, I will encourage the posters on the other thread to move to this one so we can keep the discussion contained.
Craig Tiley confirmed it?
 

Karma Tennis

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Craig Tiley confirmed it?
If you have been following all the discussion and articles over the past two weeks, you would know not to trust anything being published by news.com.au at this stage.

Tiley has stated 8th Feb. but it has not been confirmed by the Victorian State Government or the ATP or WTA at this stage.

Doesn't mean it won't happen on the 8th Feb but other rumours are suggesting it will be 15th Feb. All the info I'm getting says NO EARLIER THAN 8th FEB!

Let's wait and see.
 

Aussie Darcy

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If you have been following all the discussion and articles over the past two weeks, you would know not to trust anything being published by news.com.au at this stage.

Tiley has stated 8th Feb. but it has not been confirmed by the Victorian State Government or the ATP or WTA at this stage.
Considering the sources from multiple news sites saw the emails from Tiley with the players (not hard to know who the players who would've passed it on to media given who they've been chatting with the last 2 weeks), it's confirmed.
 

skypadq

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If you have been following all the discussion and articles over the past two weeks, you would know not to trust anything being published by news.com.au at this stage.

Tiley has stated 8th Feb. but it has not been confirmed by the Victorian State Government or the ATP or WTA at this stage.

Doesn't mean it won't happen on the 8th Feb but other rumours are suggesting it will be 15th Feb. All the info I'm getting says NO EARLIER THAN 8th FEB!

Let's wait and see.
karma tennis , any chance on 2021 AO bening cancelled ??
 

Karma Tennis

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karma tennis , any chance on 2021 AO bening cancelled ??
Imho @skypadq, the only way the AO could be cancelled now is if ...

- Victoria is hit by a Third Wave of the virus due to the influx of international travelers from Dec 7th being mismanaged.
- Victoria is hit by a Third Wave of the virus because an incoming international traveler breaches Quarantine and starts spreading the virus
- The ATP and / or WTA advises players not to attend the AO and TA decide it is to expensive to conduct the event

So there is still a chance, but it is very very slim. As I said in the other thread, I think it will go ahead unless someting major happens.
 

skypadq

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Imho @skypadq, the only way the AO could be cancelled now is if ...

- Victoria is hit by a Third Wave of the virus due to the influx of international travelers from Dec 7th being mismanaged.
- Victoria is hit by a Third Wave of the virus because an incoming international traveler breaches Quarantine and starts spreading the virus
- The ATP and / or WTA advises players not to attend the AO and TA decide it is to expensive to conduct the event

So there is still a chance, but it is very very slim. As I said in the other thread, I think it will go ahead unless someting major happens.
thank you for info
 

Milanez82

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Honestly, mid-February is probably when the Australian Open should be played regardless of a pandemic. That would give more time for a proper slate of run up tournaments throughout the summer months in the southern hemisphere. As it usually is, there are only a handful of tournaments in the early part of January and some exhibitions before the Australian Open starts. I'd rather see that time stretched out a bit with more events. As it stands, there is kind of a dead period between the end of the Australian and Indian Wells that would be better served with a permanent schedule shift in my opinion.
It would be logical to have some masters tournaments as a lead up to AO

How is weather in march in Australia , i take it ideal for tennis?
 

Karma Tennis

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How is weather in march in Australia , i take it ideal for tennis?
March is a pretty good month for Tennis to be played in Victoria. The main reason why the AO is now staged in January is because it is a good fit for Australian Summer Vacation Season, weather is great, no schools in operation etc. However, the date will never be changed to March because March is the beginning of the AFL Season and also the month of the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Victoria government will decide to proceed, they will not be able to cancel the tournament, say in R3, because of 1 positive case.
Very tricky question. Hard to answer. Unlikely the Event would be cancelled. However, it may be "Paused" for three or four days while everyone was Tested for the virus.
 

Karma Tennis

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The protocol should be what it normally is. Any player in contact with the affected player would be isolated. The tournament would go on without them.
Should be. But we don't know what conditions the Victorian Government has set to allow the event to go ahead.

One of those conditions might be that the Event is "Paused" or even cancelled if a certain number of participants Test Positive.
 

skypadq

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March is a pretty good month for Tennis to be played in Victoria. The main reason why the AO is now staged in January is because it is a good fit for Australian Summer Vacation Season, weather is great, no schools in operation etc. However, the date will never be changed to March because March is the beginning of the AFL Season and also the month of the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.



Very tricky question. Hard to answer. Unlikely the Event would be cancelled. However, it may be "Paused" for three or four days while everyone was Tested for the virus.
karma tennis , any chance on victoria government not allowed 2021 AO happen ?
 

Karma Tennis

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karma tennis , any chance on victoria government not allowed 2021 AO happen ?
Always possible, The Victorian Government has the FINAL say. It can close it's Borders at any time.

It cancelled the 2020 Australian F1 Grand Prix on the first morning of the Event.
 
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