Australian Open 2022 Announces Good News for Tennis Fans Ahead of Semifinals

Published 01/26/2022, 2:37 AM EST
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. | Credits:REUTERS/Morgan Sette

This year’s Australian Open has been a resounding success so far in terms of the quality of tennis produced. However, not all the fans are able to watch the matches in person due to the ongoing pandemic. After the rising Covid cases in Australia, the government decided to reduce the ticket capacity by 50% before the tournament. As a result, many people didn’t get the opportunity to see the Australian Open live in the stadium.  

Everyone knows what a packed Rod Laver Arena looks like, and with the reduced crowd, something has definitely been missing from this Grand Slam. Last year as well, the organizer had to reduce the crowd capacity due to Covid. However, there may be some good news for the Australian fans, according to the MP of Keysborough. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Good news for the Australian Open and the fans

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Today, the MP of Keysborough, Martin Pakula, announced on Twitter that the Chief Health Officer has agreed to increase the crowd capacity to 65% for the rest of the tournament. 

“Breaking my self imposed Twitter hiatus (which I will return to – it’s blissful) to advise that the Chief Health Officer has agreed to increase the ticketed capacity of the Australian Open to 65% for the remainder of the tournament,” Pakula wrote on Twitter. 

This news will definitely bring some joy to the Australian Crowd as the country is still recovering from Covid. 

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The crowd has been in full voice in almost every match, even with the 50% capacity. They have been cheering profusely for some of their own players, like Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, or Dylan Alcott. And the best thing is all of them are still in the tournament. Ash Barty will play her semi-final match on Thursday in the Rod Laver Arena against Madison Keys. 

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Although Nick Kyrgios lost his singles match, he will play his doubles semi-final match with Thanasi Kokkinakis on the same day. After winning the Australian Of The Year 2022 award yesterday, Dylan Alcott will be looking for his 8th Australian wheelchair tennis championship tomorrow. 

The fans were not only cheering for the Australians, as Rafael Nadal also got massive support from the crowd. The Spaniard will definitely be happy with the increased capacity, as he’s going for his 21st Grand Slam title. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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