Is the Australian Open 2021 on Verge of Being Canceled?

Published 01/18/2021, 7:21 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)


Going by the schedule, the Australian Open 2021 will begin on February 8, 2021. However, there are still clouds of uncertainty looming around the Grand Slam.

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The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet and it can prove to be a major obstacle in the path of the major. The effect is such that the pandemic has the potential of even canceling the big Slam.

Two crew members tested positive ahead of the Australian Open 2021

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An Australian Open flag with the city shrouded in smoke in the background ahead of the 2020 Australian Open. Melbourne Park on January 14, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Two crew members who were there on the flights carrying tennis players recently tested positive for COVID-19. It is a cause of big worry, as there is a possibility that they might have infected other passengers as well.

According to some reports, the management has asked around 50 players to remain under strict quarantine until further orders. This is quite troublesome for the players too, as they would not be able to train outside until the next instructions arrive.

In such a scenario, it is really hard for Tennis Australia to organize the event as per schedule. However, Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, has something else to say on the issue.

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“Our intention is to absolutely continue with those dates”– Craig Tiley

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)

Despite the fact that two crew members tested positive, Tiley said that the management would stick to the planned date without any postponement or cancellation. He mentioned that it was unfortunate that two people tested positive but also revealed that there were 643 other tests that came out to be negative.

“Ticket sales have been going well, we have two weeks of great tennis and our intention is to absolutely continue with those dates. So far, we have had 643 negative tests and two which have been unfortunately positive,” said Tiley.

With Tiley’s words, it looks quite certain that the Australian Open 2021 will take place at its usual time. However, there are still three weeks left before the Grand Slam. Even though Tiley looks firm on his stance, he will have to change something about his plans if more positive cases arrive in the future.

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As of now, the Australian Open is on and will take place from February 8, 2021, to February 21, 2021. It will be the first Grand Slam of the year and thus, fans are quite excited about it. They’ll certainly hope that it will not get canceled so that they’ll get to see their favorite superstars live soon.

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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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