Australian Open organisers are placing contingency plans in place for the 2021 event, together with the choice to probably play behind closed doorways.
There might be no tennis tournaments earlier than 13 July this 12 months after the ATP and WTA Excursions suspended all occasions because of Covid-19.
It meant Wimbledon needed to be cancelled for the primary time since World Struggle II, whereas the French Open was moved to September and the Tokyo Video games postponed till 2021.
Nevertheless, the powers that be have admitted that there aren’t any ensures that the Excursions will resume in July.
Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Match Director Craig Tiley had beforehand conceded that it “goes to be powerful” for tennis to “come again this 12 months”.
And Tiley has now revealed that Australian Open officers are inspecting “many situations” for subsequent 12 months’s occasion simply in case the game continues to be fighting the aftermath of Covid-19 at first of the 2021 season.
“There may be simply a lot uncertainty as to what’s going to occur within the subsequent month not to mention the following eight months,” he stated in an announcement.
“These extraordinary occasions dictate a necessity for agility and intensive planning that explores a really wide selection of choices.
“We’ve got to be ready for a modified setting. We clearly hope that as a neighborhood, we’re by Covid-19 as shortly and safely as is feasible. However we do not know which of the present measures getting used to attempt to comprise the unfold of an infection will nonetheless should be in place for the medium to long run.
“For instance, with such a high-dependency on worldwide journey we’re what we’d should do if gamers should be quarantined for any size of time earlier than being allowed to freely transfer round Australia.
“One other instance is that if mass gatherings are nonetheless not allowed or severely restricted subsequent 12 months, we’re the opportunity of working an occasion for broadcast. These are simply two of many situations we have now to look at.”
– TEAMtalk media