COVID-19 Infected Individual at MCG Cricket Match Raises Doubts Over Australian Open 2021 Crowd Capacity

Published 01/06/2021, 7:00 AM CST
A general view inside Rod Laver Arena at sunset during the Men’s Singles Final match betwen Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)


After a number of meetings between authorities, Tennis Australia decided to conduct the 2021 Australian Open from the 8th to the 21st of February. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still continue to affect the world, which forced the organizers to decide to conduct the qualifying rounds in cities outside the country. 

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The men’s qualifying rounds will take place in Doha, whereas the women’s will be conducted in Dubai. Recently, it was announced that the entrances to Melbourne Park will be split into three different ways. The prime objective of these decisions is to reduce close contact and maintain social distancing. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 10: The Minister for Sport and Major Events John Eren and Craig Tiley the Australian Open Tournament Director pose with the Australian Open Trophies during the 2018 Australian Open Launch at Tennis HQ on October 10, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2021 to Be Held Without Spectators?

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Not long ago, there was a cricket test match played at one of the greatest venues in sports, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. During the second day of the match, a spectator tested positive for the coronavirus.

The acting premier, Jacinta Allan issued a statement which stated, “Anyone who was seated within that zone 5 bubbles will be receiving a text message in the next couple of hours, advising them of the situation.”

Authorities also stated that they didn’t believe the patient had any symptoms when he was present at the venue. Although, people around have been requested to get tested and go into self-isolation. With the Australian Open around the corner, there’s a fear that the first Grand Slam of the season may be held without any spectators. 

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After all the efforts and precautionary measures taken by governing bodies, to receive such news is disappointing not only from the perspective of a fan. However, there has not yet been any confirmation, although we do hope the event can be played with spectators.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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