Australian Open 2021 COVID-19 Rules: A Complete Guide to the Health and Safety Protocols

Published 01/28/2021, 6:12 AM EST
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 is just two weeks away and its excitement is at an all-time high at the moment. Although there are some strict protocols under the quarantine, players are practicing quite hard for the Grand Slam. While some go out for a 5-hour daily work-out, some have transformed their hotel rooms into training grounds.

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Earlier, there were doubts over whether the Australian Open 2021 would take place as per plan. Recently, when three people associated with the Slam were tested positive for a new mutant strain of coronavirus, some claimed that the major might be postponed. However, the management has decided to go ahead with the Slam and begin it on its planned date of February 8, 2021.

A general view of Rod Laver Arena during day six of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Keeping everyone’s health in mind, the Australian Open management came out with a COVIDSafe plan for the Grand Slam recently. Under this, the Melbourne Park precinct will consist of three key zones, with each arena located in a separate zone (Rod Laver Arena zone, Margaret Court Arena zone, and John Cain Arena zone). This is done in order to minimize coronavirus cases and ensure the safety of all the players.

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The COVIDSafe plan at the Australian Open 2021

Execution of the plan will take place in accordance with the Victorian Government’s Public Events Framework. The management will work with some other agencies too, in order to ensure a safe environment at the major. The plan has the following rules that will be followed during the event-

  1. Three separate zones and reduced arena capacity
  2. Digital tickets to support contact tracing and reduce shared contact
  3. Enhanced high-touch and arena cleaning
  4. Physical distancing within arenas and queues
  5. Sanitiser stations throughout the precinct
  6. Cashless transactions
A general view inside Rod Laver Arena at sunset during the Men’s Singles Final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Thus, it is quite evident that the management is taking every possible measure to avoid any coronavirus cases during the tournament. From ensuring digital transactions to making sure that physical distancing takes place, the management seems ready to go ahead with the Grand Slam as per its schedule.

As the rules are laid down, it’ll be the implementation of these rules that will decide the fate of the Australian Open 2021. Fans are quite enthusiastic about the event and will hope to see a fantastic tournament in Melbourne in two weeks.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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