There is still a lot left to unravel in the case of the 2021 Australian Open. With unclear dates and questions about travel arrangements, it has become impossible for players to plan their calendar. Andy Murray, who is confident of leaving a mark in the upcoming major tournament, opens up on the scheduling situation.
Initially, the organizers planned that the event will conclude in the first month of the new year itself. However, it is now reported that it will begin from the first day of the second month. While the authorities and governments are fighting to finalize a date, the players remain in question just as the fans.
In case the reports of Australia starting ‘two-weeks’ late extends to more than the whole year will be affected. The first victim, inevitably, will be the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands that is scheduled for February 6. As a result of this, the players will get lesser breaks while serving two-week strict quarantine before tournaments.
Andy explained, “It’s obviously tricky for the players. Originally, we planned to go on the 12th or the 13th of December to arrive around the 15th. Then that changed and the kind of latest I’ve heard is that they’ve planned to push it back a couple of weeks, not right up until Indian Wells/Miami time, which is what I think has been suggested by some people.”
Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open are the two hot events of March. Hence, it is clear that whatever happens Down Under will directly affect the whole 2021 Tour. The former World No. 1 thinks that the best would be the ‘two-weeks’ delay for the players.
Everything is expected to settle down in the coming weeks, as the final call will be made on the situation. But the news of Australia getting delayed is growing stronger by the needle.
Murray continued, “They’re two huge tournaments in March. I think that would be the best-case scenario now if they [put] it back a couple of weeks. That would allow the players to get over there at the beginning of January and prepare properly for the event. I’ll go as soon as I can.”
No matter the dates, some players are excited to participate and win the Grand Slam. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are confirmed to grace Australia; they both are 39 years old. Andy Murray, after a disappointing few seasons, is also optimistic to change the results next year.