The 109th edition of the Australian Open will continue regularly according to the calendar. These are the words of the number 1 of the first major tournament of the season, Craig Tiley.
After strong austerity measures were taken to enable the normal development of the first Slam of 2021 and the broad observance of the protocol set by the steering committee of the Australian Open, the news fell like a bomb on the organizers that a from the employees of a hotel where a part of the tennis players registered for the next edition of the annual activity that takes place in Melbourne Park was settled, tested positive for coronavirus.
All interested tennis players who registered to take part in this edition underwent strict isolation measures and respected the protocol set by the organizers, however the latest developments raised major questions, as to whether it should take place or not. this year’s edition of the Australian Open, seeing the situation escalate. The top executive of the competition Craig Tiley himself stated that he has full confidence that the 109th edition of the Australian Open will start as planned on Monday, despite the fact that 160 players are awaiting the results of tests performed for the COVID virus. -19.
There are in fact 507 people in total, related to the Australian Open, who have been ordered since Wednesday by Melbourne health care workers to stay isolated, since the publication of the positive case, which was discovered in one of the hotels of the area, in the capital of the State of Victoria, in the southeast of the country. Australia has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic situation in an exemplary manner, perhaps because of its geographical location. This place is positioned in the 108th place in the world and counts only 28,838 cases in total, of which 909 people lost their lives affected by COVID-19. In the last three days, respectively, 6, 5 and 9 cases of Covid – 19 have been registered, however in Australia for days there have been no victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
All interested people have been seen gathering in long queues to get the answers to their analyzes. Preparatory matches and training sessions are currently postponed, but also the draw has been moved in time, so participating tennis players will learn the match calendar or their journey in this edition of the Australian Open only on Friday. Craig Tiley said that in the future the organizers will adhere to the predetermined plan. So according to the statement of the 58-year-old from South Africa, everything will resume normally, starting from Friday – reports SuperSport.
Currently in the preparatory challenges, the women’s matches are reduced to only two sets, while the final set will be played with a ‘tie break’ and the match is considered won by the tennis player who first touches the quota of 10 points, while the men’s matches are by three. sete. The infected person is a 26-year-old who worked at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where a good part of the tennis players were isolated, in order to respect the quarantine measures. This person who worked in the security sector initially tested negative after changing shifts on January 29, while in the next test that was performed on February 2 to confirm the result of the first tests he came out positive. 160 tennis players, referees or other members of the staff are considered casual contacts, so once the negativity is confirmed in the answers of their latest checks, the organizers will allow the normal exit from this sudden phase of isolation.
Such was the case for example of two British tennis players Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie, who were staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and immediately after the negative tests they were allowed to go out and continue their preparatory phase normally. The 109th edition of the Australian Open was postponed for three weeks by the organizers, to respect the isolation measures and avoid any surprises, as well as with the intention to continue the matches with the presence of spectators, so now everything will continue normally from the 8th until Feb. 21 right in Melbourne Park.