Australian Open at risk due to COVID-19, says Australian tennis chief
MUMBAI: next year Australian open could be canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic and even if the first Grand Slam of 2021 goes ahead, fans from abroad will not be able to attend, Tennis australia boss Craig tiley he said Wednesday.
the tennis the season was halted in early March due to the spread of the novel coronavirus , which has infected more than 3.68 million people worldwide while killing more than 256,000, according to a Reuters count.
the Australian open was able to take place in January as scheduled but French Open organisers have moved the clay-court major back to September from its May start while Wimbledon has been cancelled.
the fate of the U.S. Open in New York is expected to be decided next month.
Tennis Australia Chief Executive Tiley said next year's Australian open (AO) would not escape the impact of the pandemic.
El peor de the casos no es AO, dijo.
Our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australia n-only fans.
Australia has had less than 7,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Fewer than 1,000 people are still sick, though 96 people have died from the virus.
the country is expected to announce on Friday a loosening of social distancing restrictions with curbs on most businesses removed by July.
the men's ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the women's circuit, have suspended all tournaments at least until mid-July after countries started locking down borders to contain the spread of the coronavirus .
Some players, both current and past, have said they fear the remainder of the 2020 season could be wiped out. Tiley has previously said he expected tennis to lose the remainder of the season to the pandemic.
Hay cuatro escenarios y hemos modelado todo, he said Wednesday. Hemos modelado las veces que tenemos que tomar decisiones, las fechas que tenemos que tomar decisiones, a quién impacta, cómo les va a afectar.
Lo hemos hecho para 670 empleados. Lo hemos hecho para todos nuestros socios: nuestros socios de medios, nuestros patrocinadores y para todos the gobiernos y lugares donde alquilamos instalaciones.
And now we are working in the international playgroup and making them understand what each of those scenarios are and what it means to them and how we can act.