After months of speculation, it’s been revealed the Australian Open will go ahead in February.
The much-anticipated tennis tournament has reportedly been given the green light to begin on February 8, which will be a massive boost for Melbourne as it continues its recovery from COVID-19.
According to a leaked email from tournament boss Craig Tiley, strict biosecurity guidelines will be in place to ensure the event can operate in a safe manner.
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It’s understood players will arrive in the state via chartered flights between January 15 and 17, and will be forced to undergo 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine, with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirming players will not be given any special treatment.
However, they will reportedly be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for a maximum of five hours a day to train after they have undergone and cleared a COVID-19 test on the second day of isolation.
In total, it’s believed players will undergo five COVID tests while in quarantine.
The start date of the grand slam has been delayed by just two weeks, with the annual sporting event usually beginning in January.
More details surrounding the tournament are expected to be revealed in the coming days.