COVID-19 Pandemic Could Force the Relocation of Australian Open 2022 Outside Australia

Published 05/17/2021, 4:39 AM CDT
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)


Every year, the first Grand Slam on the calendar year is the Australian Open. It is termed as the ‘happy slam’ and all the top players in the world compete in this tournament. Although the event was conducted successfully this year, there were still a number of modifications being made to it in wake of the ongoing battle with COVID-19. 

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Recently, there were reports of the Australian Open 2022 being scheduled outside the country and in a different venue. Due to the federal government’s budget prediction, international borders will stay closed until mid-2022, and because the Australian Open is held during the first quarter of the year, this decision will disrupt the proceedings. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: A ballboy on court during a match between Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during day four of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2022 to undergo a drastic change?

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There is a possibility of the tournament being played in Doha and Dubai. These cities hosted the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open 2021 matches for men and women. Players were unhappy with the quarantine restrictions at the Happy Slam this year, and they would not want to go through the same process for the second year in a row. 

In events taking place over Europe and America, players have to self isolate themselves upon arrival until they test negative. After that, they are free to roam in the bubble. 

Due to the decision of the federal government, Tennis Australia is considering the possibility of conducting the tournament overseas. They are skeptical of the players agreeing to spend two weeks in a hotel room before being able to hit the practice courts. 

A general view of Melbourne Park during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were the champions in Australia this year

At the Australian Open this season, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lifted the 18th Grand Slam title of his career. On the women’s tour, it was Japanese starlet Naomi Osaka who lifted her fourth Grand Slam title. 

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Besides this, there were several exciting matches during the course of two weeks. The match between hometown hero Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem in the third round was a thriller. 

In the quarterfinal, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from two sets down to beat the living legend Rafael Nadal in a five-set battle. 

Only time will tell how this latest development affects the Australian Open 2022. Tennis fans will hope things escalate smoothly and normalcy is restored. 

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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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