There is a lot of noise on whether the Australian Open 2021 will happen as planned. The tournaments are expected to be more frequent in the coming year; however, many things remain in question. Former British No. 1 tennis player Tim Henman recently opened up about the situation in Australia.
Owing to the enforced two-week mandatory quarantine on the players, Henman withdrew his Great Britain captaincy in ATP Cup. He led a team consisting of former World No. 1 Andy Murray and current British best Dan Evans in 2020. Currently, he is a part of Amazon Prime’s commentators’ team which will cover the ATP Finals in London.
Normalcy is still a foreign concept because of the unavailability of the coronavirus vaccine. Having disrupted many tournaments including The Championships in 2020, Henman feels the situation is still unclear. He said, “In the short term, we still have some concerns over the Australian Open and tennis in general.”
Even though the outbreak is not on a standstill, there has been an evident relief in its influence. Henman continued, “We are going into the Australian summer so hopefully that will help as the virus does not seem to be so virulent in the warm weather, but they have strict quarantine rules in Australia and we need to see how that will work out.”
Australian Open 2021 has received a go from the Swiss maestro Roger Federer and the American champion Serena Williams. However, conducting a full-fledged major tournament with players from around the world is difficult.
Along with strict rules and regulations, there is a lot to be taken into consideration before going Down Under. For that, Australian Tennis is planning to build the safest bubble on the planet. But, that doesn’t seem like the biggest challenge for the 46-year-old Henman.
He concluded, “There are still a lot of Australians in Europe who cannot get back into their own country, so trying to bring elite athletes from all over the world seems challenging, but I really hope it happens.”
The tickets will be available for the Australian Summer Events from November 26, so the hope is still alive.