Wait for confirmation about 2021 Australian Open dates continues as Tennis Australia gives another update

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The official dates for the 2021 Australian Open as well as quarantine regulations remain unclear with Tennis Australia saying talks are ongoing with the Victorian Government, but they are confident details will be finalised “very soon”.

Next year’s season-opening Grand Slam has been pencilled in for 18-31 January, but it has been widely reported that the tournament is likely to be delayed by a couple of weeks due to the strict quarantine rules Down Under.

As things stand, players need to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in Australia while the state of Victoria will reportedly only allow them to enter from 1 January.

It would leave players undercooked for the Australian Open as they won’t be able to play in any warm-up events, which is likely to lead to the cancellation of several tournaments.

However, both tennis authorities and government officials are “confident” they will come up with a plan that will suit all parties involved.

“Tennis Australia continues to work closely and productively with the Victorian Government and we are confident we will be in a position to finalise details for Australian Open 2021 very soon,” the latest statement read.

“We are also in constant communication with the global tennis community, including the Tours, the players and their teams, as we consult with them on plans for the event and how players can safely practise and prepare for a Grand Slam tournament under the Victorian Government’s proposed quarantine conditions.

“Understandably there has been public speculation on the various plans under consideration as well as the many confidential conversations that have taken place and our position remains clear – everything will require approval and agreement from the Victorian Government before it can be confirmed.

“The protection and safety of the community remains paramount in the discussions.

“Our team continues to work on delivering a fantastic – and safe – AO 2021 for the players, the fans, our partners and our staff. We look forward to announcing more details, including when tickets will go on sale, very soon.”

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